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Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast with Mark Rees: Real-life ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends from haunted Wales. Join Mark Rees - ”arguably Wales’ leading authority on the curious and paranormal aspects of the country’s history.” (Western Mail) and author of book such as Ghosts of Wales, Paranormal Wales and The A-Z of Curious Wales - for a fascinating journey through the weird and wonderful history of Wales and the world. From ’most haunted’ Welsh castles to fairy-filled forests, discover long-lost cases of pesky poltergeists, sea-faring stories of mermaids and mermen, and ancient tales from the Mabinogion and King Arthur on this spine-chilling tour of Wales’ magical, fantastical, dark and, at times, horrible history. Each episode of this unique podcast explores at a different topic, and offers Mark’s unique insight and research into: seasonal traditions from the Mari Lwyd to Halloween (Nos Calan Gaeaf); unusual funeral and wedding customs, such as the macabre Sin Eater and eerie corpse candles; how the magic of witches, wizards and the ancient Druids continue to cast a spell over the land today.

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees Mark Rees

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    • 4.5 • 46 Ratings

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast with Mark Rees: Real-life ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends from haunted Wales. Join Mark Rees - ”arguably Wales’ leading authority on the curious and paranormal aspects of the country’s history.” (Western Mail) and author of book such as Ghosts of Wales, Paranormal Wales and The A-Z of Curious Wales - for a fascinating journey through the weird and wonderful history of Wales and the world. From ’most haunted’ Welsh castles to fairy-filled forests, discover long-lost cases of pesky poltergeists, sea-faring stories of mermaids and mermen, and ancient tales from the Mabinogion and King Arthur on this spine-chilling tour of Wales’ magical, fantastical, dark and, at times, horrible history. Each episode of this unique podcast explores at a different topic, and offers Mark’s unique insight and research into: seasonal traditions from the Mari Lwyd to Halloween (Nos Calan Gaeaf); unusual funeral and wedding customs, such as the macabre Sin Eater and eerie corpse candles; how the magic of witches, wizards and the ancient Druids continue to cast a spell over the land today.

    EP141 Supernatural Corpse Birds: Winged Harbingers of Death | Paranormal activity, unexplained mysteries, Gothic history | Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

    EP141 Supernatural Corpse Birds: Winged Harbingers of Death | Paranormal activity, unexplained mysteries, Gothic history | Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

    Delve into the eerie world of corpse birds, winged entities said to foretell impending death. Are these sightings mere coincidences or something more sinister?
    Uncover the chilling tales behind these supernatural avian visitors as we explore first-hand accounts like the tale of Miss Griffiths and the mysterious "little grey one," or the tragic fate of Mr Powell, who encountered the ominous bird on the high seas.
    Discover how corpse birds transcend borders, manifesting in far-off lands like Western Australia and Patagonia. And in a surprising twist, learn about the melodious farewell of the renowned poet Tegid, whose passing was marked by a choir of birdsong.
    What distinguishes corpse birds from regular birds, and how did they become the most common death omens in Wales?
    Explore the lore with Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast... if you dare.
    Until next time, nos da!
     
    ORDER PARANORMAL CARDIFF BY MARK REES:
    Mark's latest "Ghosts of Wales" book "Paranormal Cardiff". You can order it online here.
     
    BUY MARK REES A COFFEE:
    If you'd like to support the GHOSTS AND FOLKLORE OF WALES podcast you can treat Mark to a coffee here: Mark Rees on Ko-Fi - thank you/ diolch! 
    https://ko-fi.com/markrees 
     
    WHAT IS THE GHOSTS AND FOLKLORE OF WALES PODCAST WITH MARK REES?
    The "Ghosts and Folklore of Wales" podcast explores Welsh ghosts and ghost stories, lore, myths and legends.
    Launched by author and journalist Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales/ Paranormal Wales) in early 2020, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at the country's countless curious subjects by combining decades of research from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes.
    Ranging from "real life" encounters with the uncanny to fantastical adventures from the Mabinogion, new episodes are uploaded every other (Folklore) Thursday and feature everything from pesky poltergeists to fire-breathing dragons, with the odd wicked - and not-so-wicked - witch along the way.
    Along with the regular stories you can also expect the odd special guest, an occasional live ghost hunt, and all sorts of crazy ideas. Seasonal specials include the dark folklore and Gothic Halloween (Nos Calan Gaeaf) traditions, and everyone's favourite skulled-headed Christmas visitor, the Mari Lwyd herself.
    Dare you explore haunted Wales? From the sublime mountains and cascading waterfalls to the bustling cities and remote farms, go in search of the paranormal and the unexplained in all corners of Cymru - think of it as opening the Welsh The X-Files... and some tenuous Ghostbusters links!
    Be sure to subscribe so you never miss a spooky episode, and for more details and to get in touch with Mark Rees, please visit https://markreesonline.com/:
    Mark Rees homepage
    Mark Rees on social media
    Books by Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales, Paranormal Wales etc.)
    Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    It's spooky time!

    • 26 min
    EP140 Murder Most Foul in Haunted Houses: Eerie encounters in Gothic mansions | Paranormal activity, unexplained mysteries, creep history | Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    EP140 Murder Most Foul in Haunted Houses: Eerie encounters in Gothic mansions | Paranormal activity, unexplained mysteries, creep history | Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    Ghostly encounters that defy explanation are reported at two haunted houses. Are you brave enough to explore these mysterious cases where the line between the living and the dead blurs, and every shadow holds a secret?
    In our first story, we delve into the grisly crimes of a house shrouded in a sinister past. Who—or what—haunts its halls, leaving guests trembling in fear? What secrets lurk within the walls, and why does the specter of violence linger in the darkness?
    We then venture to Oaklands, where a chance encounter with a spectral figure sets off a chain of unsettling events. Who is the mysterious woman with the swan-shaped candlestick, and what dark omens does she bring?
    Explore the lore with Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast... if you dare.
    Until next time, nos da!
     
    ORDER PARANORMAL CARDIFF BY MARK REES:
    Mark's latest "Ghosts of Wales" book "Paranormal Cardiff". You can order it online here.
     
    BUY MARK REES A COFFEE:
    If you'd like to support the GHOSTS AND FOLKLORE OF WALES podcast you can treat Mark to a coffee here: Mark Rees on Ko-Fi - thank you/ diolch! 
    https://ko-fi.com/markrees 
     
    WHAT IS THE GHOSTS AND FOLKLORE OF WALES PODCAST WITH MARK REES?
    The "Ghosts and Folklore of Wales" podcast explores Welsh ghosts and ghost stories, lore, myths and legends.
    Launched by author and journalist Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales/ Paranormal Wales) in early 2020, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at the country's countless curious subjects by combining decades of research from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes.
    Ranging from "real life" encounters with the uncanny to fantastical adventures from the Mabinogion, new episodes are uploaded every other (Folklore) Thursday and feature everything from pesky poltergeists to fire-breathing dragons, with the odd wicked - and not-so-wicked - witch along the way.
    Along with the regular stories you can also expect the odd special guest, an occasional live ghost hunt, and all sorts of crazy ideas. Seasonal specials include the dark folklore and Gothic Halloween (Nos Calan Gaeaf) traditions, and everyone's favourite skulled-headed Christmas visitor, the Mari Lwyd herself.
    Dare you explore haunted Wales? From the sublime mountains and cascading waterfalls to the bustling cities and remote farms, go in search of the paranormal and the unexplained in all corners of Cymru - think of it as opening the Welsh The X-Files... and some tenuous Ghostbusters links!
    Be sure to subscribe so you never miss a spooky episode, and for more details and to get in touch with Mark Rees, please visit https://markreesonline.com/:
    Mark Rees homepage
    Mark Rees on social media
    Books by Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales, Paranormal Wales etc.)
    Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    It's spooky time!

    • 25 min
    EP139 When Evil Spirits Attack: Demonic hellfire strikes a Welsh mansion | Poltergeist activity or the Devil himself? | Explore the Gothic lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    EP139 When Evil Spirits Attack: Demonic hellfire strikes a Welsh mansion | Poltergeist activity or the Devil himself? | Explore the Gothic lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    Mischievous spectral beings wreak havoc in a Welsh mansion that promises thrills and chills at every turn.
    Fact with folklore intertwine in this mysterious tale that blurs the lines between reality and the paranormal. Was it truly the work of supernatural forces, or merely the imaginings of a frightened community?
    As we explore the remnants of a once grand Welsh mansion, now reduced to ruins since the tragic fire of 1807, we encounter a tale unlike any other. Discover the rituals employed to banish the tormentor and the eerie aftermath that still echoes through Devil’s Bridge to this day.
    Explore the lore with Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast... if you dare.
    Until next time, nos da!
     
    ORDER PARANORMAL CARDIFF BY MARK REES:
    Mark's latest "Ghosts of Wales" book "Paranormal Cardiff". You can order it online here.
     
    BUY MARK REES A COFFEE:
    If you'd like to support the GHOSTS AND FOLKLORE OF WALES podcast you can treat Mark to a coffee here: Mark Rees on Ko-Fi - thank you/ diolch! 
    https://ko-fi.com/markrees 
     
    WHAT IS THE GHOSTS AND FOLKLORE OF WALES PODCAST WITH MARK REES?
    The "Ghosts and Folklore of Wales" podcast explores Welsh ghosts and ghost stories, lore, myths and legends.
    Launched by author and journalist Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales/ Paranormal Wales) in early 2020, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at the country's countless curious subjects by combining decades of research from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes.
    Ranging from "real life" encounters with the uncanny to fantastical adventures from the Mabinogion, new episodes are uploaded every other (Folklore) Thursday and feature everything from pesky poltergeists to fire-breathing dragons, with the odd wicked - and not-so-wicked - witch along the way.
    Along with the regular stories you can also expect the odd special guest, an occasional live ghost hunt, and all sorts of crazy ideas. Seasonal specials include the dark folklore and Gothic Halloween (Nos Calan Gaeaf) traditions, and everyone's favourite skulled-skulled Christmas visitor, the Mari Lwyd herself.
    Dare you explore haunted Wales? From the sublime mountains and cascading waterfalls to the bustling cities and remote farms, go in search of the paranormal and the unexplained in all corners of Cymru - think of it as opening the Welsh The X-Files... and some tenuous Ghostbusters links!
    Be sure to subscribe so you never miss a spooky episode, and for more details and to get in touch with Mark Rees, please visit https://markreesonline.com/:
    Mark Rees homepage
    Mark Rees on social media
    Books by Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales, Paranormal Wales etc.)
    Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    It's spooky time!

    • 26 min
    EP138 The Uncanny Were-Dog and Other Canine Terrors: Paranormal pooches and supernatural dogs of the Wild Hunt | Explore the Gothic lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    EP138 The Uncanny Were-Dog and Other Canine Terrors: Paranormal pooches and supernatural dogs of the Wild Hunt | Explore the Gothic lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    Spectral hounds roam the land at night. Some possess the bodies of half-humans, with eyes like moons and mouths that emit smoke. What do these unearthly creatures signify? And why do they haunt the valleys and mountains of Wales?
    In our exploration, we'll encounter tales of evil fishermen chased into the sea, lost travelers saved by the power of prayer, and clergyman harassed for their sermons. But amidst the terror, there's a thread of folklore that reveals a complex interplay of myth and spirituality.
    Unravel the mysteries of the Cŵn Annwn and their spectral counterparts, the Cŵn Wybyr. What secrets do they hold? And what do their haunting cries portend for those who dare to listen?
    Explore the lore with Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast... if you dare!
     
    ORDER PARANORMAL CARDIFF BY MARK REES:
    Mark's latest "Ghosts of Wales" book "Paranormal Cardiff". You can order it online here.
     
    BUY MARK REES A COFFEE:
    If you'd like to support the GHOSTS AND FOLKLORE OF WALES podcast you can treat Mark to a coffee here: Mark Rees on Ko-Fi - thank you/ diolch! 
    https://ko-fi.com/markrees 
     
    WHAT IS THE GHOSTS AND FOLKLORE OF WALES PODCAST WITH MARK REES?
    The "Ghosts and Folklore of Wales" podcast explores Welsh ghosts and ghost stories, lore, myths and legends.
    Launched by author and journalist Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales/ Paranormal Wales) in early 2020, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at the country's countless curious subjects by combining decades of research from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes.
    Ranging from "real life" encounters with the uncanny to fantastical adventures from the Mabinogion, new episodes are uploaded every other (Folklore) Thursday and feature everything from pesky poltergeists to fire-breathing dragons, with the odd wicked - and not-so-wicked - witch along the way.
    Along with the regular stories you can also expect the odd special guest, an occasional live ghost hunt, and all sorts of crazy ideas. Seasonal specials include the dark folklore and Gothic Halloween (Nos Calan Gaeaf) traditions, and everyone's favourite skulled-skulled Christmas visitor, the Mari Lwyd herself.
    Dare you explore haunted Wales? From the sublime mountains and cascading waterfalls to the bustling cities and remote farms, go in search of the paranormal and the unexplained in all corners of Cymru - think of it as opening the Welsh The X-Files... and some tenuous Ghostbusters links!
    Be sure to subscribe so you never miss a spooky episode, and for more details and to get in touch with Mark Rees, please visit https://markreesonline.com/:
    Mark Rees homepage
    Mark Rees on social media
    Books by Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales, Paranormal Wales etc.)
    Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    It's spooky time!

    • 25 min
    EP137 The Ghost of a Grave and Other Death Omens: Supernatural secrets of life after death? | Paranormal activity in Gothic graveyards | Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    EP137 The Ghost of a Grave and Other Death Omens: Supernatural secrets of life after death? | Paranormal activity in Gothic graveyards | Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    Step into the realm of the uncanny and delve into the mysterious world of death omens and supernatural secrets.
    From the infamous corpse candles to chilling premonitions, uncover the spine-tingling tales that have haunted communities for generations.
    What do these strange signs really signify? How do they choose their harbingers of death? And could you be the next witness to an otherworldly phenomenon?
    Explore the lore with Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast... if you dare!
     
    ORDER PARANORMAL CARDIFF BY MARK REES:
    Mark's latest "Ghosts of Wales" book "Paranormal Cardiff". You can order it online here.
     
    BUY MARK REES A COFFEE:
    If you'd like to support the GHOSTS AND FOLKLORE OF WALES podcast you can treat Mark to a coffee here: Mark Rees on Ko-Fi - thank you/ diolch! 
    https://ko-fi.com/markrees 
     
    WHAT IS THE GHOSTS AND FOLKLORE OF WALES PODCAST WITH MARK REES?
    The "Ghosts and Folklore of Wales" podcast explores Welsh ghosts and ghost stories, lore, myths and legends.
    Launched by author and journalist Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales/ Paranormal Wales) in early 2020, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at the country's countless curious subjects by combining decades of research from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes.
    Ranging from "real life" encounters with the uncanny to fantastical adventures from the Mabinogion, new episodes are uploaded every other (Folklore) Thursday and feature everything from pesky poltergeists to fire-breathing dragons, with the odd wicked - and not-so-wicked - witch along the way.
    Along with the regular stories you can also expect the odd special guest, an occasional live ghost hunt, and all sorts of crazy ideas. Seasonal specials include the dark folklore and Gothic Halloween (Nos Calan Gaeaf) traditions, and everyone's favourite skulled-skulled Christmas visitor, the Mari Lwyd herself.
    Dare you explore haunted Wales? From the sublime mountains and cascading waterfalls to the bustling cities and remote farms, go in search of the paranormal and the unexplained in all corners of Cymru - think of it as opening the Welsh The X-Files... and some tenuous Ghostbusters links!
    Be sure to subscribe so you never miss a spooky episode, and for more details and to get in touch with Mark Rees, please visit https://markreesonline.com/:
    Mark Rees homepage
    Mark Rees on social media
    Books by Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales, Paranormal Wales etc.)
    Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    It's spooky time!

    • 22 min
    EP136 The Dark Art of the Exorcist: Banish Spirits, Goblins and Fairies with Exorcism | Gothic Traditions and Unexplained Superstitions | Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    EP136 The Dark Art of the Exorcist: Banish Spirits, Goblins and Fairies with Exorcism | Gothic Traditions and Unexplained Superstitions | Explore the lore on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

    Unravel the mysterious realm of exorcism, a practice as old as time itself, employed to banish ghouls, ghosts, and goblins from our world.
    Is there a safeguard against the forces of darkness? Could your daily piety be the key to repelling the bogeys and fairies lurking in the shadows? Are you ready to unravel the secrets of exorcism, spirituality, and the age-old battle between light and darkness?
    Delve into the very fabric of Welsh folklore, where Christianity plays a pivotal role, shaping not just ghost stories but the entire history and culture of Wales and beyond. Uncover the art of the exorcist, from the simplicity of invoking God's name to the unexpected efficacy of a crowing cockerel.
    Explore the lore with Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast... if you dare!
     
    ORDER PARANORMAL CARDIFF BY MARK REES:
    Mark's latest "Ghosts of Wales" book "Paranormal Cardiff". You can order it online here.
     
    BUY MARK REES A COFFEE:
    If you'd like to support the GHOSTS AND FOLKLORE OF WALES podcast you can treat Mark to a coffee here: Mark Rees on Ko-Fi - thank you/ diolch! 
    https://ko-fi.com/markrees 
     
    WHAT IS THE GHOSTS AND FOLKLORE OF WALES PODCAST WITH MARK REES?
    The "Ghosts and Folklore of Wales" podcast explores Welsh ghosts and ghost stories, lore, myths and legends.
    Launched by author and journalist Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales/ Paranormal Wales) in early 2020, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at the country's countless curious subjects by combining decades of research from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes.
    Ranging from "real life" encounters with the uncanny to fantastical adventures from the Mabinogion, new episodes are uploaded every other (Folklore) Thursday and feature everything from pesky poltergeists to fire-breathing dragons, with the odd wicked - and not-so-wicked - witch along the way.
    Along with the regular stories you can also expect the odd special guest, an occasional live ghost hunt, and all sorts of crazy ideas. Seasonal specials include the dark folklore and Gothic Halloween (Nos Calan Gaeaf) traditions, and everyone's favourite skulled-skulled Christmas visitor, the Mari Lwyd herself.
    Dare you explore haunted Wales? From the sublime mountains and cascading waterfalls to the bustling cities and remote farms, go in search of the paranormal and the unexplained in all corners of Cymru - think of it as opening the Welsh The X-Files... and some tenuous Ghostbusters links!
    Be sure to subscribe so you never miss a spooky episode, and for more details and to get in touch with Mark Rees, please visit https://markreesonline.com/:
    Mark Rees homepage
    Mark Rees on social media
    Books by Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales, Paranormal Wales etc.)
    Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    It's spooky time!

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

jonno ap llanandras ,

Not your normal paranormal podcast

Not just a buzzfeed list of ghost. this is a true social history of folk law that revels in the telling of story’s without shying away from real academic rigour. often with the same strange feeling of reeding Tolkien but with real links to the lives, beliefs and sometimes drinking habits of the best country in the world.
Whether your an academic anthropologist, a lover of history or a true believer you’ll love this podcast.

tinkathimas ,

Very entertaining

I love this podcast series. I’m welsh so a bit of folklore from my home is welcome. This has a lovely lighthearted and slightly comic edge. Fun to listen to

chris.carra ,

Fun listening

Mark presents a solid podcast that is hugely interesting for fans of ghost hunting, the occult, or Welsh folklore in general!

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