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Greenland Unicorns and the Magical Alicorn

- September 19, 2019 in alicorn, cabinet of curiosities, caspar bartholin, Featured Articles, folklore, greenland, iceland, magic, narwhals, ole worm, Religion, Myth & Legend, Science & Medicine, thomas bartholin, unicorn horns, unicorns, wunderkammer

When the existence of unicorns, and the curative powers of the horns ascribed to them, began to be questioned, one Danish physician pushed back through curious means — by reframing the unicorn as an aquatic creature of the northern seas. Natalie Lawrence on a fascinating convergence of established folklore, nascent science, and pharmaceutical economy.

Lustucru: From Severed Heads to Ready-Made Meals

- June 13, 2019 in bogeyman, Culture & History, decapitation, folklore, forge, les précieuses, Lustucru, misogyny, pasta, violence

Jé Wilson charts the migration of the Lustucru figure through the French cultural imagination — from misogynistic blacksmith bent on curbing female empowerment, to child-stealing bogeyman, to jolly purveyor of packaged pasta.

Hokusai’s Ghost Stories (ca. 1830)

- December 11, 2018 in folklore, ghosts, hokusai, japanese folklore, occult

Hokusai's five ghoulish prints for the series Hyaku Monogatari [One Hundred Ghost Stories].

Hokusai’s Ghost Stories (ca. 1830)

- December 11, 2018 in folklore, ghosts, hokusai, japanese folklore, occult

Hokusai's five ghoulish prints for the series Hyaku Monogatari [One Hundred Ghost Stories].

British Goblins: Welsh Folk-lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions (1880)

- June 12, 2018 in elves, fairies, fairy tales, fairytales, folk tales, folklore, folktales, ghosts, goblins, myth, wales, welsh fairies

Wirt Sikes, US consul to Cardiff from 1876 to 1883, describes the mythology and traditions of Wales, a land steeped in folklore.

British Goblins: Welsh Folk-lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions (1880)

- June 12, 2018 in elves, fairies, fairy tales, fairytales, folk tales, folklore, folktales, ghosts, goblins, myth, wales, welsh fairies

Wirt Sikes, US consul to Cardiff from 1876 to 1883, describes the mythology and traditions of Wales, a land steeped in folklore.

Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio (1880)

- November 14, 2017 in china, chinese literature, fairytales, folklore, folktales, ghosts, spirits

First English translation of Pu Songling's collection of classical Chinese stories, including magical pear trees, thimble-sized babies, ghostly cities, and mean spirited daughters-in-law being turned into pigs.

Music in the Margins: The Funeral of Reynard the Fox (13th century)

- July 13, 2017 in animals, folklore, fox, manuscripts, medieval, middle ages, renard, reynard, reynard the fox

A motley crew of anthropomorphic animals found adorning the lower margins of a finely illuminated book of hours produced in late thirteenth-century England.

Music in the Margins: The Funeral of Reynard the Fox (13th century)

- July 13, 2017 in animals, folklore, fox, manuscripts, medieval, middle ages, renard, reynard, reynard the fox

A motley crew of anthropomorphic animals found adorning the lower margins of a finely illuminated book of hours produced in late thirteenth-century England.

Music in the Margins: The Funeral of Reynard the Fox (13th century)

- July 13, 2017 in animals, folklore, fox, manuscripts, medieval, middle ages, renard, reynard, reynard the fox

A motley crew of anthropomorphic animals found adorning the lower margins of a finely illuminated book of hours produced in late thirteenth-century England.