Folklore and Folklife
and Folklife of Dunkeld and Tayside Region
do we throw a coin in the River Tay or the River Forth “for
luck ?“ The origin and significance of many of our Scottish
customs, superstitions and sayings are now unknown to us. Even
such things as guising, dookin’ for apples, washing our
faces in May dew, bonfires and turnip lanterns, these are not
merely games or frolics; they are relics of ancient rites.
truth is, we are still very much encompassed by the customs
of the ancient past. These are many and strange, they begin
with our birth and end only with death and burial. The curious
customs associated with weddings, especially the weddings of
fisher and country folk, would need a web site to themselves!
which, we still have many of traditional our lucky charms, our
silver coins, our bonny white heather. We no longer venerate
the oak, like the Druids, as the symbol of the Supreme Power,
whose spirit emanated in the mistletoe fruit. But mistletoe
berries still play a prominent part in the festive fun of a
traditional Scottish Hogmanay.
no longer believe that Sir John’s Wort (St. Columba’s
axillary flower, and often used in Midsummer Eve celebrations)
will ward off the fairies, but now believe it will ward off
depression. The rowan-tree (a protection against witches) still
grows alongside many a cottage door, as well as alongside many
ancient sites of pagan worship. You see, the past is inextricably
bound up with the present.
survive in our most modern communities. Think of the number
thirteen, fear of going under ladders, looking at the new moon
through glass, black cats, bringing hawthorn or wild cherry
blossom into the house, spilling salt.
we have ourselves witnessed in modern politics and war, the
“magical powers” of a leader can still be impressed
on the mass of the people by ritual performance and symbols.
So it looks as if the magical attitude in human affairs is far
from dying out.
may no longer worship the sun, but sun-worship is not entirely
forgotten. We may not venerate our river gods, but when we open
the salmon-fishing season by breaking a bottle of whisky over
the bow of a boat, are we not endeavouring (with this great
sacrifice!) to solicit the favour of Tatha, the ancient goddess
of our greatest river?
Stories from Scotland Children's Myths and Legends. Heroes and villains, witches and wizards, warriors and royalty, there's something here for everyone. From the Highlands and islands, to the Border country, there are stories from all over Scotland in this wonderful collection. You'll find tales of Tam Lin the elfin knight, MacCodrum of the Seals and many more, all told with a thrilling sense of adventure and fun. Stories from Scotland: Oxford Children's Myths and Legends (Oxford Childrens Myths/Legends).
Folklore and Legends of Scotland. Fairies, brownies, Merlin, Queens, magic and adventure! Scottish folklore and legends have all of these and in these pages include "The Mermaid Wife" about a man who steals the seal skin of a merwoman in order to marry her, "Thomas the Rhymer" about a man who is whisked away to Fairlyland by the Queen, and many other wonderful tales originating in Scotland. Folklore and Legends of Scotland.