The Origins of Halloween!
We are at the end of October and as the clocks move back and nights draw in we have arrived at the time of year that is now known as Halloween
Many mistakenly think that Halloween is an American import to Europe. It is in fact an evolution of an ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain. It was the night that celebrated the end of the day and the beginning of the night on the Celtic calendar. All of our Halloween activities can be traced back to this ancient rite. Join our resident flame-haired mythological expert, Claire Alcock as we explore the origins of Halloween in «Tales from the other side». Audio Podcast, Youtube video and article available here.
The story of Stingy Jack
The Black Dog
England also has a large history of mythology and folklore, much of Europe was once covered in lush forests and many of the stories of old traditions were warnings against the dangers of the deep forest. One of the most persistent of these supernatural beasts was The Black Dog or Hell Hound was considered a premonition of death. Learn more about this ancient tale by either reading or listening to the show here.
Angels & Devils
Charly explores the etymology of angels and devils in Interesting Etymologies. Learn about the origin of words such as Lucifer, macabre, ghoul and demon in this episode of our regular series here with an article, audio pod and youtube video available.