Podcast host Mark Norman is one of only a few folklore researchers specialising in the field of Black Dog apparitions. He holds what it is thought to be the UKs largest archive of Black Dog ghost eyewitness accounts and traditions. In this episode, Mark draws on his archive to examine this phenomena which, despite sightings spanning nearly 1,000 years, is largely unknown by many people. In particular, the episode looks at connections between Black Dog ghosts and the wider European folklore of the Wild Hunt.
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Joining host Mark Norman in Episode 3 of The Folklore Podcast is historical ethnographer and archaeologist Dr Ceri Houlbrook. Ceri is a research assistant on "The Concealed Revealed" - a project which is cataloguing mysterious objects found in buildings and other unusual places. Mummified cats, children's shoes, witch bottles and coins are just some of the items under discussion in this episode. Listen and subscribe free below.
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Ghosts are one of the areas of folklore which hold a wide fascination. There are really two distinct types: hauntings accounts and the more traditional Folk Ghost. In this episode of The Folklore Podcast, regular host - folklore author and researcher Mark Norman - discusses two distict types of Folk Ghost. The first of these is the penitential ghost, which is only allowed to return to its grave at the rate of a cockstride a year. The second is the phantom coach motif. Both of these are illustrated with examples from the South West of the United Kingdom where they are common.
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