Discovering Brides Mound – People and Place

In the last post we looked at the many legends surrounding Brides Mound in Glastonbury.  Now I’d like to look at how people interact with this special place. How do people celebrate the land, and connect to the living mythical landscape?  How do the enduring legends contribute to the sense of the land as sacred,…

Discovering Brides Mound – Legends and Lore

To the west of the town of Glastonbury in South West Somerset, tucked between Wearyall Hill and the River Brue, lies an unassuming hill known as Brides Mound. Once hailed as the Western ‘Gateway to Avalon’ [1] the ancient entrance to the sacred islands, visitors to the spot now must make their way behind an…

What is Folklore?

What is folklore? Ever since I started mentioning to people that I’ve started studying for an MA in folklore studies I’ve been met with many a blank look and puzzled stare. Reactions range from just total incomprehension ‘What’s that?’ , via ‘Oh like woo-woo magic?’, through to ‘Isn’t that just things that aren’t true?’… So…