The land of William Wallace, Rob Roy, and kilted highlanders, is filled with ancient mysteries and legends. Here are some of the customs, superstitions, and folklore associated with the Bonnie Land. Sayings:
The religion of the Picts before their conversion is supposed by the majority of writers on this subject to have been that which prevailed in the rest of Britain and in Celtic Gaul, Druidism. The incredulous Burton, however, if we may judge from his History of Scotland, as well as from an article of his in the Edinburgh Review, seems to believe that the whole system of Druidism has been elaborated by the imaginations of modern historians. That the Picts previous to their conversion had a religion, and a religion with what may be called priests and religious services, cannot be doubted, if we may trust Tacitus and Adamnan, the biographer of Columba; the former of whom tells us that, previous to the battle of the Grampians, the union of the various tribes was ratified by solemn rites and sacrifices, and the latter, that Columba’s efforts at conversion were strenuously opposed by the diabolical arts and incantations of the Magi.
The Far East is where we go now. It always seems there is something new and fascinating to learn about Asia, and the includes the numerous myths and stories involved in their culture. Sections are devoted to each nation.
Aztecs had a form of “holy water.” They wore it as a charm.
Magan- Hebrew word for Talisman.
Arabian nations will be properly divided as more information as published. Eil Kenie (Several spelling variations are used in the English language) – Traditional substance used by Arabic peoples centuries ago. This black substance was applied around the eye area.
Kyphl- An Egyptian aromatic believed to heal, created from 16 different materials. Caligorant- This Egyptian giant cannibal ensnared unsuspected travelers with an invisible net.
Kosh- A wicked forest fiend.
Robin Goodfellow- English domesticated fairy. A nocturnal creature most often benign, although many suppose he leads men astray at night. Hand of Glory- This is the term for the severed hand of a hanged criminal.
Colloquy of the Ancients– A collection of Ossianic [relating to Irish legend Ossian, hero and bard of the 3rd Century A.D.] legends.