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on: March 12, 2013, 07:29:32 AM
It hadn't occurred to me to do one of my superstition blogs for St. Patrick's Day, but my good buddy Janus requested it last week, so you can either thank him in a PM or send him a BOO. ;-) Just kidding! :P
I didn't find all that much which is why i waited until today to start this. In any case, enjoy!
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Reply #1 on: March 12, 2013, 07:40:35 AM
                    ***March 12th***
                            Banshee

"Perpetrator of unearthly wailing that is much faired in Ireland and Western Scotland as an omen of approaching death.
The Banshee is usually heard at night and its supernatural ululations are generally associated with a particular family or clan, who can often detail a history of such warnings from spectral (usually female) guardians.
Examples of famous Banshees include the one linked to the aristocratic Rossmore family of County Monaghan in Ireland, which was first heard in 1801 and has heralded the death of each successive heir to the baronetcy (including that of the sixth baronet of 1958).
Some claim that the Banshee wail is made by the Fairies, who sense the coming of death and want to warn the family.
Alternatively the Banshee is held to be a dead ancestor or perhaps the vengeful spirit of a woman who has suffered some wrong at the family's hand.

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Reply #2 on: March 12, 2013, 07:43:45 AM
In some parts of Scotland the Banshee is known as the 'washer by the ford'  because her figure is seen washing the bloodstained clothes of the person fated to die.
Sometimes the Banshee is not in the form of a voice, but is heard as a beating Drum."

[I never knew the Scottish also believed in the Banshee... You really do learn something new each day. G]

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Reply #3 on: March 12, 2013, 02:16:29 PM

Great job, GG! I look forward to reading your further entries!





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Reply #4 on: March 12, 2013, 07:00:40 PM
Me too MissB....GG does a great holiday blog.

I didn't know that banshees were part of fairy folklore.  Like GG says, learn something new every day.



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Reply #5 on: March 13, 2013, 06:28:51 AM
                    ***March 13th***
                              Drums
"British folklore boasts a number of spectral Drums, whose sound heralds some dire event. Most famous of these are Drake's Drum, which is said to roll when war is about to break out. Once the property of Sir Francis drake and now kept at his old home, Buckland Abbey, near Plymouth in Devon, it is said  to have beaten a roll in 1914, at the start of the First World War; and at the end of the conflict, in 1918, when it was heard on board British ships at anchor in Scapa Flow in the north of Scotland; and reportedly once more during the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940.
Another celebrated spectral Drum was that which belonged to an itinerant drummer who was arrested for vagrancy in Tedworth (now Tidworth) in Wiltshire back in 1661. After the owner was parted from his Drum and had been sentenced to transportation, the Drum continued to beat to an unseen hand and the entire village was much troubled by supernatural interference.

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Reply #6 on: March 13, 2013, 06:32:04 AM
The Airlie family of Cortachy Castle in Kirriemuir, Angus, claim to have a 'Drum of Death' alleged to sound whenever the demise of the head of the family is imminent.
It is presumed that these Drums stories owe much to primitive pagan belief, in which the beating of Drums was supposed to dispel any lurking evil spirits."

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Reply #7 on: March 13, 2013, 06:39:44 AM
Amazing how influential the drum has been in many ancient cultures across the globe. But learning of it being a spirit instrument in Celtic regions is interesting. I'm of Scotch and Irish decent. I've never delved into the folklore of the ancients there.....

Thank you GG for bring to us this bit if history.....



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Reply #8 on: March 13, 2013, 06:38:16 PM
Yes, thank you GG! I can't wait to see what you post next time! I too am from Scottish and Irish decent and I can't believe I never thought to look up stuff like this!



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Reply #9 on: March 13, 2013, 06:40:36 PM
Found these for you, GG!:
March 13th

Irish Superstitions Concerning the Dead
 
It is believed that the souls of the dead that die abroad, wish to be buried in Ireland. The dead will not rest peaceably unless buried with their forefathers and people of their own kind.
 


A dead hand is believed to be a cure for all diseases. Many times sick people were brought to a house where a corpse was laid out, so that the hand of the dead might be laid on them.
 
 


The corner of a sheet that was wrapped around a corpse is a cure for a headache, when tied around your head. It will also reduce the swelling of a limb, if tied around the affected limb.
 


The ends of candles used at wakes are good for curing burns.



The spirit of the dead last buried has to watch in the churchyard until another corpse is buried. Duties include carrying water for the dead that are waiting in Purgatory. This keeps them very busy. Purgatory is a very hot place. This superstition has been known to cause fights when two funeral processions try to enter the same churchyard at the same time. No one wants their loved one to be the last buried and have to perform these duties.
 


If anyone stumbles at a grave it is considered a bad omen. If you fall and touch the ground you will most likely die by the end of the year.
 

If you meet a funeral you must turn back and walk at least four steps with the mourners.
 


If the nearest relative touches the hand of a corpse it will shout out a wild cry if not quite dead.
 


On Twelfth Night the dead walk the Earth. On every tile of your house a soul is sitting waiting for your prayers to take it out of purgatory.
 


If a magpie comes to your door and looks at you it is a sure sign of death. Nothing can be done to avert the doom.
 


When a swarm of bees suddenly quits the hive it is a sign that death is hovering near the house.
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Reply #10 on: March 13, 2013, 06:41:31 PM
Animals in Irish Superstitions
 
A crowing hen, a whistling girl, and a black cat are considered very unlucky. Beware of them in a house.
 


If a rooster comes to your threshold and crows, you may expect visitors.



While on a trip if you see three magpies on your left it is unlucky; but two on the right is a good omen.
 


If you hear a cuckoo on your right you will have good luck for a year.



Whoever kills a robin redbreast will never have good luck, even if they lived to be a thousand years old.
 


A water wagtail near the house means bad news is on its way to you.



If the first lamb of the year is born black, it means mourning garments in the family within the year.



It's very lucky for a hen and her chicks to stray into your house.



It is good to meet a white lamb in the early morning with the sunlight on its face.
 


It's a sign of bad luck to meet a magpie, a cat, or a lame woman on a trip. If you meet a rooster at your door and it crows, your trip should be postponed.
 


If one magpie comes chattering at your door it's a sign of death, but if two come chattering it's a sign of prosperity.
 


It's very unlucky to ask a man on his way to fish where he is going. Many would turn back knowing it was an evil spell.
 


The shoe of a horse or an ass nailed to the doorpost will bring good luck. But the shoe must be found, not given in order to bring good luck.
 


In whatever quarter you are looking when you hear the first cuckoo of the season, that is the direction you will be traveling before the year is out.



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Reply #11 on: March 13, 2013, 06:42:28 PM
Irish Superstitions for Home Remedies
 
(Remember these are just old Irish superstitions, "old wives tales". Don't try these at home!)
 


A bunch of mint tied around the wrist is a sure remedy for disorders of the stomach.
 


A sick persons bed must be placed north and south not cross ways.



Nettles gathered in a churchyard and boiled down for a drink have the power to cure dropsy.
 


The touch from the hand of a seventh son is said to cure the bite of a mad dog.



An iron ring wore on the fourth finger will ward off rheumatism.



The seed of docks tied to the left hand of a woman will prevent her from being barren.
 


Drinking boiled down carrot juice will purify the blood.



The clippings of the hair and nails of a child tied up in linen and placed under their bed will cure convulsions.
 


A bunch of mint tied around the wrist is believed to ward off infection and disease.
 


To cure a fever, place the person on the shore when the tide is coming in. When the tide begins to go back out, the retreating waves will carry away the disease and the fever.
 


To make your skin beautiful, wash your face with May dew on May morning (May Day) at sunrise.




Miscellaneous Irish Superstitions
 
It is not safe to pick up an unbaptized child without making the sign of the cross.
 


It is unlucky to accept a lock of hair from a lover.



If a chair falls when a person stands up, it is an unlucky omen.



If you possess a four-leaf shamrock you will have good luck in gambling, good luck in racing, and witchcraft will have no power over you. But, you must always carry it on you. You cannot give it away. You cannot show it to anyone.
 


If chased at night by a ghost or an evil spirit, try to get to a stream of running water. If you can cross it no devil or evil spirit will be able to follow.
 


Do not turn off a light while people are at supper. If you do there will be one less at the table before the year is out.
 


If you want a person to win at cards, put a crooked pin in his coat.



If the palm of your hand itches you will be coming into money. If it's your elbow you will be changing beds. If your ear itches and it is red and hot, someone is speaking bad of you.
 


If you want to know the name of the person you are to marry, put a snail on a plate sprinkled with flour. Cover the plate and leave it overnight. In the morning the initial of the person will be on the plate, traced by the snail.
 


Sticking a penknife into the mast of a boat while under sail is considered unlucky.
 


It's unlucky to have a hare cross your path before sunrise.



To take away lighted sod from a house on May days or churning days is unlucky. To do so takes away the blessing of the house.



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Reply #12 on: March 13, 2013, 06:57:33 PM
Interesting stuff Clown



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Reply #13 on: March 14, 2013, 02:57:10 AM
Thanks found it all here:



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Reply #14 on: March 14, 2013, 06:55:42 AM
                     ***March 13th***
                                Fairy
"The magical and traditionally malevolent 'little people' to whom many misfortunes and supernatural happenings are frequently attributed. Including such unearthly creatures as goblins, pixies, elves, changelings and gnomes, the fairies are an ancient tradition in folklore much beloved by children and now largely associated with a more romantic age when farmers and knights in armour often encountered these beings.
There was something of a resurgence of interest in fairies in the early years of the twentieth century with the success oh J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan, which was furthered by the famous (but now discredited) photographs of the 'Cottingley fairies', a hoax  perpetrated by two sisters.
The Irish, meanwhile, continue to keep alive stories and customs concerning the related figure of the Leprechaun."

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