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Baba Yaga and the Borderlands

Originally posted on Cherry's Cache:
This article is adapted from my book Russian Magic (first published as The Soul of Russia). It opens Chapter Five, ‘The Secrets of Life and Death’ celebrating the mystique and myths of the Russian…

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Basajaun – the Lord of the Forest

Originally posted on Sareoso:
On my first visit to the Basque Country, I stayed in Zubieta, a small village in Navarre. The town is famous for the yearly carnival when the Joaldunak march to the neighbouring village, swinging huge cowbells…

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Part 2: Geometrical Models in the Sepher Yetzirah and Bahir

This post follows on from Part 1. Second Model An alternative way of representing the same geometry is to use a model constructed from spheres (eg. table-tennis balls) instead of lines and corners.  To do this we start by making … Continue reading

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The Otherworld in the Celtic tradition

Interesting article by Sharon Blackie about the Otherworld and Shamanism.

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Bears Ancestors in the Pyrenees

Originally posted on Sareoso:
“Lehenagoko eüskaldünek gizona hartzetik jiten zela sinhesten zizien. Basques used to believe that humans descended from bears.”  This interesting quotation sets the scene for a study of bear lore in the Basque areas of the Spanish and…

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Cailleach’s bed by the hearth

There’s an interesting article on the Old European Culture blog about alcoves found in old houses in parts of Ireland. The alcoves, built next to the warm hearth, were apparently called cailleach, which of course reminds us of the name … Continue reading

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The Music of What Happens

In the Tales of the Boyhood of Fionn¹, there is an interesting debate among Fionn and his friends as to what was the finest music in the world: “Tell us that,” said Fionn turning to Oisi’n [pronounced Usheen] “The cuckoo calling … Continue reading

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Unexplained events

“A man once told me if you want a good story just ask any random person if there was ever an event in their life they can not explain. Someone almost always has one weird thing that has happened to … Continue reading

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Word cloud

I used wordle.net to make a word cloud for the blog so far. I like the result. Click on it for a full size view.

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