312 episodes

Fabulous Folklore will give you your weekly fix of fabulous folklore in fifteen minutes (or less)!


Hosted by fantasy and Gothic horror writer, Icy Sedgwick, the podcast explores folklore, legends, superstitions, mythology, and all things weird, occult and unusual.

Fabulous Folklore with Icy Icy Sedgwick

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    • 4.8 • 102 Ratings

Fabulous Folklore will give you your weekly fix of fabulous folklore in fifteen minutes (or less)!


Hosted by fantasy and Gothic horror writer, Icy Sedgwick, the podcast explores folklore, legends, superstitions, mythology, and all things weird, occult and unusual.

    Milan Legends of Dragons, Ghosts, and the Devil

    Milan Legends of Dragons, Ghosts, and the Devil

    As we've seen with these European cities, ancient settlements often produce a range of ghosts and legends. It's unsurprising, with so many people living out their lives in close proximity across such a span of time.


    Milan's folkloric side includes traditional cuisine, dragons, ghostly women in black veils, and even a column defaced by the Devil - among other things. 


    Let's find out more in this week's episode of Fabulous Folklore!


    Find the images and references on the blog post: https://www.icysedgwick.com/milan-legends/


    Book tickets for my Midsummer talk: https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/newcastlecastle/items/528797/calendar/2024/06/?full-items=yes


    Get your free guide to home protection the folklore way here: https://www.icysedgwick.com/fab-folklore/


    Become a member of the Fabulous Folklore Family for bonus episodes and articles at https://patreon.com/bePatron?u=2380595


    Fabulous Folklore Bookshop: https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/fabulous_folklore


    Enjoyed this episode and want to show your appreciation? Buy Icy a coffee to say 'thanks' at: https://ko-fi.com/icysedgwick


    Pre-recorded illustrated talks: https://ko-fi.com/icysedgwick/shop


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    Get extra snippets of folklore on Instagram at https://instagram.com/icysedgwick


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    • 19 min
    Animism and Animistic Witchcraft with Althaea Sebastiani

    Animism and Animistic Witchcraft with Althaea Sebastiani

    Althaea Sebastiani is a spiritworker and religious educator whose work focuses on helping people navigate the realities of deep spiritual practice. Their work is punctuated by strong emphasis on doing the work and encourages learning through direct experience.


    A spirit-led witch with nearly 30 years’ experience, their personal practice is land-based and devotional, focused on being responsive to the spirits of the land wherever their travels take them and doing right by the Gods Who have called them into Their service.


    In this chat we explore what animism is, how it relates to witchcraft, whether the gods from Earth would show up on other planets, and why the 'craft' part of witchcraft is so important!


    Find Althaea online: https://www.ladyalthaea.com/


    Buy Alive with Spirits: https://amzn.to/4alH1qZ


    Sign up to Herbaria, the herbalism community by Rowan + Sage: https://school.rowanandsage.com/courses/herbaria?affcode=437598_3qokpyep


    Get your free guide to home protection the folklore way here: https://www.icysedgwick.com/fab-folklore/


    Become a member of the Fabulous Folklore Family for bonus episodes and articles at https://patreon.com/bePatron?u=2380595


    Fabulous Folklore Bookshop: https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/fabulous_folklore


    Enjoyed this episode and want to show your appreciation? Buy Icy a coffee to say 'thanks' at: https://ko-fi.com/icysedgwick


    Pre-recorded illustrated talks: https://ko-fi.com/icysedgwick/shop


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    Get extra snippets of folklore on Instagram at https://instagram.com/icysedgwick


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    What was the Dancing Plague of 1518 in Strasbourg?

    What was the Dancing Plague of 1518 in Strasbourg?

    When it comes to plague outbreaks in Europe, your mind probably doesn't immediately jump to a so-called dancing plague. Yet that's precisely what seemed to grip Strasbourg, France in the summer of 1518. Townspeople started dancing, seemingly against their will, and couldn't stop for almost a month.


    Hundreds died of exhaustion, with contemporary commentators blaming the wrath of St Vitus. More recently, people have suspected ergot poisoning, religious fervour, or mass psychogenic illness.


    So what exactly happened, and how does it relate to folklore? Let's find out in this week's episode of Fabulous Folklore!


    Find the images and references on the blog post: https://www.icysedgwick.com/dancing-plague/


    Book tickets for my Midsummer talk: https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/newcastlecastle/items/528797/calendar/2024/06/?full-items=yes


    Get your free guide to home protection the folklore way here: https://www.icysedgwick.com/fab-folklore/


    Become a member of the Fabulous Folklore Family for bonus episodes and articles at https://patreon.com/bePatron?u=2380595


    Fabulous Folklore Bookshop: https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/fabulous_folklore


    Enjoyed this episode and want to show your appreciation? Buy Icy a coffee to say 'thanks' at: https://ko-fi.com/icysedgwick


    Pre-recorded illustrated talks: https://ko-fi.com/icysedgwick/shop


    Request an episode: https://forms.gle/gqG7xQNLfbMg1mDv7


    Get extra snippets of folklore on Instagram at https://instagram.com/icysedgwick


    'Like' Fabulous Folklore on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fabulousfolklore/


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    • 22 min
    Pacific Legends and Folklore with Kamuela Kaneshiro

    Pacific Legends and Folklore with Kamuela Kaneshiro

    As May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I'm pleased to introduce you to Kamuela Kaneshiro, who was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and is host of the Legends from the Pacific podcast. 


    Legends from the Pacific utilises Kamu’s cultural knowledge, and television/film background to craft stories of people, beliefs, and traditions to help promote Pacific cultures. He is also a descendant of the Hawaiian Chief Ka'iana.


    Kamu obtained a BA & MA in Communication from Hawaii Pacific University, studied at the University of Hertfordshire, and has appeared multiple times at San Diego Comic-Con as an invited professional panellist. He's lectured on film, television, and Batman, and wrote the “I Didn't Mean to” series, and “Genre Analysis: The Gangster, The Evolved Detective, and The Dark Knight”. He is also a magician member of the Magic Castle.


    We get into some Hawaiian legend, meet Samoa's goddess of bats, and talk about how popular culture can and does meet a cultural need for gods - even when people don't realise that's what they're looking for!


    Find Legends from the Pacific here: https://legendsfromthepacific.com/


    Get your bonus episode here: https://legendsfromthepacific.com/gift


    Get your free guide to home protection the folklore way here: https://www.icysedgwick.com/fab-folklore/


    Become a member of the Fabulous Folklore Family for bonus episodes and articles at https://patreon.com/bePatron?u=2380595


    Fabulous Folklore Bookshop: https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/fabulous_folklore


    Enjoyed this episode and want to show your appreciation? Buy Icy a coffee to say 'thanks' at: https://ko-fi.com/icysedgwick


    Pre-recorded illustrated talks: https://ko-fi.com/icysedgwick/shop


    Request an episode: https://forms.gle/gqG7xQNLfbMg1mDv7


    Get extra snippets of folklore on Instagram at https://instagram.com/icysedgwick


    'Like' Fabulous Folklore on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fabulousfolklore/


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Vienna Legends: Mozart, Elisabeth Bathory & Restless Ghosts

    Vienna Legends: Mozart, Elisabeth Bathory & Restless Ghosts

    Austrian capital Vienna has a long history, dating back to the 1st century CE Roman military camp of Vindobona. It's been home to some pretty big names over the centuries. Mozart, Beethoven, Sigmund Freud, Gustav Klimt, Hedy Lamarr, Marie Antoinette and Erwin Schrödinger, among many others, have all lived in the city.


    Yet it's also got a darker side. Its vast Central Cemetery is a testament to the Viennese fascination with death. Empress Elisabeth of Austria, nicknamed Sissi, apparently had a fascination with the supernatural, and some say she still roams the hallways of the Hofburg palace.


    Let's find out more in this week's episode of Fabulous Folklore!


    Find the images and references on the blog post: https://www.icysedgwick.com/vienna-legends/


    Get your free guide to home protection the folklore way here: https://www.icysedgwick.com/fab-folklore/


    Become a member of the Fabulous Folklore Family for bonus episodes and articles at https://patreon.com/bePatron?u=2380595


    Fabulous Folklore Bookshop: https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/fabulous_folklore


    Enjoyed this episode and want to show your appreciation? Buy Icy a coffee to say 'thanks' at: https://ko-fi.com/icysedgwick


    Pre-recorded illustrated talks: https://ko-fi.com/icysedgwick/shop


    Request an episode: https://forms.gle/gqG7xQNLfbMg1mDv7


    Get extra snippets of folklore on Instagram at https://instagram.com/icysedgwick


    'Like' Fabulous Folklore on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fabulousfolklore/


    Find Icy on BlueSky: https://bsky.app/profile/icysedgwick.bsky.social


    Tweet Icy at https://twitter.com/IcySedgwick

    • 18 min
    Helsinki Legends: Haunted Theatres and Restless Ghosts

    Helsinki Legends: Haunted Theatres and Restless Ghosts

    Helsinki has a lengthy history, dating back to at least the Bronze Age. Parts of the city even stand on old cemeteries. 


    It's bound to have a few ghost stories and folklore, surely? Indeed it does! We're talking haunted theatres, headless ghosts, ghosts with habits, and Finnish epics.


    Let's find out more in this week's episode of Fabulous Folklore!


    Find the images and references on the blog post: https://www.icysedgwick.com/helsinki-legends/


    Get your free guide to home protection the folklore way here: https://www.icysedgwick.com/fab-folklore/


    Become a member of the Fabulous Folklore Family for bonus episodes and articles at https://patreon.com/bePatron?u=2380595


    Fabulous Folklore Bookshop: https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/fabulous_folklore


    Enjoyed this episode and want to show your appreciation? Buy Icy a coffee to say 'thanks' at: https://ko-fi.com/icysedgwick


    Pre-recorded illustrated talks: https://ko-fi.com/icysedgwick/shop


    Request an episode: https://forms.gle/gqG7xQNLfbMg1mDv7


    Get extra snippets of folklore on Instagram at https://instagram.com/icysedgwick


    'Like' Fabulous Folklore on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fabulousfolklore/


    Find Icy on BlueSky: https://bsky.app/profile/icysedgwick.bsky.social


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    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
102 Ratings

102 Ratings

CharlotteTMArt ,

Packed full of folklore

Love Icy’s podcast, it’s always crammed to the brim with well researched folklore and always fascinating.

Jjbgfdr ,

Great podcast

Easy listen and really interesting.

apparat ,

Lovely stuff

Excellent interesting and thorough. Like the guests too.

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