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Folklore: Beliefs, traditions & culture of the people. Traditional folklore themes from around the world. An accessible podcast ranked in the top 0.5% of shows globally, bringing free access to many of the world's experts in folklore, authors, broadcasters and more.

The Folklore Podcast Mark Norman

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    • 4.8 • 120 Ratings

Folklore: Beliefs, traditions & culture of the people. Traditional folklore themes from around the world. An accessible podcast ranked in the top 0.5% of shows globally, bringing free access to many of the world's experts in folklore, authors, broadcasters and more.

    Episode 155: THE FOX IN ASIAN FOLKLORE

    Episode 155: THE FOX IN ASIAN FOLKLORE

    The image of the fox appears in many cultures as a trickster figure, but in Asian folklore there are some subtle differences. The Chinese fox is a symbol of intelligence, and has the ability to shapeshift for example.Exploring the folklore of the Asian countries, with particular reference to foxes, in this episode creator and host of the podcast Mark Norman is joined by New York Times bestselling author Yangsze Choo. Yangsze's novel 'The Ghost Bride' was serisalised and broadcast as a Netflix original series and her latest work 'The Fox Wife' draws on the Asin fox folklore that we explore.Find Yangsze online at https://yschoo.com/ (https://yschoo.com/)To support The Folklore Podcast in all of its work and access additional content, please visit www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast (www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast)

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 154: MONSTROUS WOMEN

    Episode 154: MONSTROUS WOMEN

    In the field of Gothic literature, from the Penny Dreadful and Chapbook through the Penny Bloods and novels. whether it a classic like Bronte or something less well known, there are many ways in which the female characters may as monstrous.We explore the landscape of 'mad', murderous and shape-shifting women with Gothic scholar Dr Nicole C. Dittmer, author of 'Monstrous Women and Ecofeminism in the Victorian Gothic'.After listening to this episode, seek out Story 4 of 'Stories from the Hearth', our storytelling show, in your podcast feed for a reading of 'The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains' narrated by Nicole.To support our work creating free folklore-related content, please visit www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast (www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast)

    • 48 min
    Episode 153: EVERYDAY FOLKLORE

    Episode 153: EVERYDAY FOLKLORE

    We welcome writer and folklore graduate Liza Frank to the Folklore Podcast for an episode looking at the many different ways in which you might be able to combine a bit of folklore into your daily life.In conversation with Mark Norman, creator and host of The Folklore Podcast, Liza looks at divination, calendar customs, food folklore and lots more ideas which came out of the Everyday Lore Project which she ran for a year through lockdown. Liza also discusses how this material then went on to form the basis of her book Everyday Folklore. Visit Liza's website at www.liza-frank.com (www.liza-frank.com)To support the Folklore Podcast and its work creating and producing accessible folklore content for everyone, please visit www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast (www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast)

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 152: NICK MEDINA - Native American lore

    Episode 152: NICK MEDINA - Native American lore

    Nick Medina's debut novel from 2023, 'Sisters of the Lost Nation', describes the hunt for answers as a Native girl searches for information about women who have been mysteriously disappearing from her tribe's reservation. As she searches for clues, she learns more about the myths and stories of her people and how they may offer help.In this episode of The Folklore Podcast, we chat with Nick about various aspects of Native American folklore, his inspirations for this particular plot from the real world and other aspects of indigenous culture.Visit Nick's website at www.nickmedina.net (www.nickmedina.net)Explore the Folklore Podcast website at www.thefolklorepodcast.com (www.thefolklorepodcast.com) or sign up to the Patreon page to offer support at www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast (www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast)

    • 36 min
    Episode 151: RAT HOLES, POTHOLES AND MANHOLES

    Episode 151: RAT HOLES, POTHOLES AND MANHOLES

    Folklorist Mark Norman, the creator and host of The Folklore Podcast, returns to write and present an individual episode of the show.Spurred on by the recent viral sharing of the Chicago Rat Hole, Mark takes a look at the history of this simulacrum as well as other folk art and belief associated with our roads from flacking to the Virgin Mary, and from holes in the ground to manholes in space. Maybe.To support The Folklore Podcast and help us to keep writing and creating free folklore content, please consider signing up to our Patreon page at www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast (www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast) or making a one-off donation on our website at www.thefolklorepodcast.com (www.thefolklorepodcast.com)

    • 31 min
    Episode 150 - AISLING: VISIONS OF IRELAND

    Episode 150 - AISLING: VISIONS OF IRELAND

    Aisling is the Irish for dream or vision, and it may take the form of a vision poem. The genre was developed as a part of the wider Irish language poetry field at the end of the 17th century, going into the 18th. More broadly, aisling is a vision which is said to connect the seer strongly with the landscape and identity of Ireland and its sacred sites.Our guest today, author Jeremy Schewe is considered to be connected in exactly this way. In 2017, Jeremy completed 21 years of study in Celtic alchemy and traditional ecological knowledge and he now helps other people with their own similar paths of discovery. He is a certified herbalist and record keeper of traditional Celtic ecological lore.In the episode of the podcast, Jeremy talks about his connections to sacred Ireland, his new book Aisling, and his wider views of landscape, identity and place.Visit Jeremy's website at https://www.inchantedjourneys.com/ (https://www.inchantedjourneys.com/)Find Jeremy's book at www.crossedcrowbooks.com (www.crossedcrowbooks.com)Support the work of The Folklore Podcast at www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast (www.patreon.com/thefolklorepodcast)

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
120 Ratings

120 Ratings

tweenytweeny ,

Love it

Every episode is an absolute gem - very well researched and intelligently but accessibly discussed.

Meh Oofy Meh ,

This is amazing!

Ohhhh yes. This is one of my absolute favourite things to listen to. Work like this should be encouraged as much as possible. Please do continue!

loopyfruitcake ,

Thoroughly and well researched. An important resource for collected folklore

I never miss an episode. This podcast is presented clearly and with facts researched and cited. Topics are covered in full with links to where you can access further information. You can rely on Mark to present his research in an accessible way. And its entertaining to boot.

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