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Articles from Vol. 116, No. 1, April

Believers, Sceptics, and Charlatans: Evidential Rhetoric, the Fairies, and Fairy Healers in Irish Oral Narrative and Belief
Abstract This article examines storytelling events as contexts in which propositions about the fairies and folk healers associated with them were appraised and contested. It considers the evidential rhetoric employed in narratives that argued for...
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Folklore Collection and Social Investigation in Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Century England
Abstract This article compares the different, but related, activities of folklore collection and social investigation in an important period of English rural history. It is argued that the outputs of both activities reflected a complex series of...
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Getting Shot of Elves: Healing, Witchcraft and Fairies in the Scottish Witchcraft Trials
Abstract This paper re-examines the evidence of the Scottish witchcraft trials for beliefs associated by scholars with "elf-shot." Some supposed evidence for elf-shot is dismissed, but other material illuminates the interplay between illness, healing...
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Katharine Briggs Folklore Award 2004: Judges' Report
The Award was presented by the President, Dr Marion Bowman, on 9 November at The Warburg Institute, after a lecture by Professor Donald Meek, of the University of Edinburgh, on "Folklore and the Creation of Celtic Spirituality: The Case of Carmina...
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Reading the Bean Feasa
Abstract Legends of the bean feasa, the "woman-of-knowledge" or "wise-woman," are numerous in Irish Gaelic tradition. Here a corpus of such legends, from the archive of the former Irish Folklore Commission, at University College Dublin, is examined...
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The Devil of Croyden Hill: Kinship, Fiction, Fact, Tradition
We all remember the terrible exclamation of the dying profligate, when a friend, to destroy what he supposed the hypochondriac idea of a spectre appearing in a certain shape at a given hour, placed before him a person dressed up in the manner he described....
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"Whyler Pystry": A Breviate of the Life and Folklore-Collecting Practices of William Henry Paynter (1901-76) of Callington, Cornwall
Abstract William Henry Paynter (1901-76) was active as a folklore collector in Cornwall during the 1920s and 193076s. He specialised in collecting witch beliefs at a time when folk concepts of illness as arising from ill-wishing and of its cure...
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