It’s the day of romance. You can almost smell the roses and taste the milk chocolate. But beyond all the modern adornments, Valentine’s Day has a murky and dark past. Full of strange rituals, quirky superstitions, and fascinating lore, this episode will put a new spin on the day of love.
I often ask my friends what their favorite fairy tale is. It gives me an idea of their personality. Because I have a lot of friends who love books, Beauty and the Beast is probably the most popular answer. Who can resist the sweet, intelligent charms of Belle?
At our core, we all want someone who can love us past our looks and our sometimes rough nature. We want someone who sees the Beast within but isn't afraid.
While some prefer their cozy warm drinks, nights by the fire and sweet romance movies on television, others of us enjoy a deep dive into folklore. We want to know what is hiding in the shadows of the holiday season. We want to know the secrets.
We’re about to venture outside the traditional box—wrapped in lovely paper with bright, big bows—of Christmas. Warning: There will be devils.
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What makes a witch a witch? In colonial times, it didn't take much for one to be accused of witchcraft. Such was the case of Moll Dyer, a woman accused of witchcraft in colonial Maryland. She lost her life because of superstition. This is a cautionary tale that's been remembered for over 320 years.
And for good reason…
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This episode mentions rape and cannibalism. Listener/reader discretion is advised.
Fairy tales remind us that there is real evil in the world, but that evil cannot and will not prevail. But the marks it leaves on us are unmistakable, unavoidable, and sometimes have everlasting consequences.
The real story of Sleeping Beauty, at its core, isn't a tale of a damsel in distress; instead, it's a tale of overcoming the worst monstrosities to the best of her ability. The early editions reveal a dark truth. When women are mistreated, bad things happen—the princess learns to save herself, or monsters are created.
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Long before man searched for intelligent life in space, he wondered about the ocean and what creatures roamed just below the surface. Lore about sea folk has been around for centuries, but selkies are perhaps the least mentioned in pop culture. In this episode, we'll walk along the rocky shores of Scotland and have the selkies tell us their story.
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Every legend has deep roots, and such is the case of the Alabama tale of Huggin' Molly. She's so famous in this small southern town, she even makes her mark on the city's welcome sign.
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Pirates have always been glamorized in entertainment. Just the mention of them brings images to our minds. They are history’s favorite bad guys, but as we'll discuss in this episode, there were a few fearsome women, as well.
And we’ll delve into the most famous legend and pirates’ tavern in history--The Pirates' House--which you can still visit today.
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In this episode, we'll explore the legend of La Llorona and its origins, which go back further than you may think. We'll even delve into the darkest corner of the tale and discuss Biblical references and the demonic. Due to the graphic nature of this myth, listener discretion is advised.