Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast: Ghost stories, lore, myths and legends from haunted Wales. Join author and journalist Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales, Paranormal Wales, The A-Z of Curious Wales etc) - ”arguably Wales’ leading authority on the curious and paranormal aspects of the country’s history” - for a fascinating journey through the weird and wonderful history of Cymru and the world. From ’most haunted’ Welsh castles to fairy-filled forests, each episode explores at a different spine-chilling topic including: pesky poltergeists and uncanny apparitions; seasonal traditions from the Mari Lwyd to Halloween (Nos Calan Gaeaf); real-life ghostbusters and paranormal investigators who hunt in the dark; Gothic funeral and wedding customs such as the macabre Sin Eater and eerie corpse candles; supernatural animals who tour the streets, from the dreaded Gwyllgi to the mystical Ceffyl Dŵr; ancient tales of the Mabinogi/ Mabinogion and King Arthur; and the magic of witches, wizards and the ancient Druids that continue to cast a spell over the land today.

Episodes

Talking to the dead doesn't always go to plan, and sometimes spirits from the past can shock us in unexpected ways.

In Victorian Britain, psychic mediums were plying their trade up and down the country, and in these first-hand accounts from Cardiff and beyond we get to relive the spooky action through the words of those who were there.

If you're brave enough to take a seat at the séance table, join Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wale...

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When the Devil walks the earth, he often does so in disguise.

The 'Evil One' appears takes many forms, but possibly the most diabolical is when he appears as one of us - as human. But whatever forms Satan takes, in Welsh folklore at least, there is usually a wise old woman or crafty farmer to test their wits against his.

Explore the Devilish lore in these centuries-spanning tales with author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) as h...

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Why are the lost souls of sinful spirits trapped in the wild waters of Wales?

And ghosts aren't the only things lurking in the wells and streams - there's water-ogres, guardian dragons, giant serpents, the mischievous fairy folk, and even a tenuous link with Tolkien and Bilbo Baggins.

Explore the watery lore of these curious tales with author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) as he investigates the weird and wonderful on the Ghos...

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A phantom horseman, a baby-stealing ghost, a warning from the future and even miniature fairy-sized spooks.

In this episode we explore a series of short but sweet and seemingly unconnected supernatural tales collected from the wilds of Wales. Can you unlock their paranormal mysteries? And should they serve, to quote MR James, as a warning to the curious?

Explore the lore of these curious tales with author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales...

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The history and folklore of Midsummer warns us to expect the unexpected during that the longest day of the year.

Over the days that span Midsummer's Eve and Day, or the Summer Solstice, or St John's Eve and Day, or Calan Haf, Welsh folklore tells us that paranormal activity and strange apparitions might be encountered.

This episode explores some real-life traditions that range from the heart-warming to the spine-chilling, f...

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How do you stop a ghost that causes the police to faint and threatens to chop off peoples' heads?

That was the problem facing the residents of Cwmbran in Victorian Wales when a special reporter arrived to investigate strange reports of supernatural activity.

The locals were gathering into ghost-hinting gangs to track down the spirit, but even bullets couldn't harm this paranormal form that stalked the industrial suburbs.

To...

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Can dogs sense spirits in the home? What about hell hounds? And if so, can they protect against these ominous death omens?

Corpse dogs are a combination of two more-commonly encountered types of phenomena: death omens, such as the corpse candles (y canwyll corff in Welsh), and supernatural dogs like the dreaded gwillgi. 

When they enter a property, sometimes in packs, they will often be invisible to human eyes, but not to the heigh...

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A paranormal investigation on the ghost ship so haunted the crew would not stay on-board. 

When a captain took control of a new navy vessel he laughed off the warnings that it was haunted. Little did he realise that he would soon experience all manner of poltergeist-like activity, and things really escalated when a full-body apparition manifested while at sea.

What was the cause of this paranormal activity, and had the phantom come...

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There's something in the Welsh water - ghosts, monsters, and much more.

Plunge into the magical wells of Wales where sacred fish and a monstrous eel are lurking, ghosts attack the mean hearted, and divination can be used to find true love and catch a thief.

Explore the lore with author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) as he investigated the weird and wonderful on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast... if you dare!

 

 

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A Victorian "Ghostbuster" faces the battle of his life as he attempts to banish an evil spirit causing havoc in a Welsh village.

When a shape-shifting demon starts smashing up property and chasing people home in a Flintshire, the locals turn to a well-known man of God who might be able to help - a lay preacher known as Griffiths of Llandegla.

But this is no ordinary demon, and it will take all of his skill and experience to...

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When a malicious fairy swaps your baby for a changeling, how do you break the curse? 

Across Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland, people have reported finding their children stolen and replaced with strange babies that were different in many ways - some were sickly, some failed to grow, others were intelligent far beyond their years.

But after the tylwyth teg have made the switch, is there any way of reclaiming your offspring? Or ...

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Ghostly forms wail and scream in the night, while supernatural visitors offer words of comfort and terror.

But what connection do these spirits have with the living, and what message - if any - are they trying to communicate to their nearest and dearest?

While these paranormal visitors can offer comfort to their friends and family, they can also, as we’ll discover, be even more terrifying than poltergeists and other malicious entit...

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A Welsh magician who defied witchcraft laws and turned detective in the 16th Century used his powers to defeat murderers and robbers.

Huw Llwyd was famous - some might say infamous - for his fantastical acts of legerdemain during the reign of James VI and I. He could outwit the evilest of villains, and then party hard afterwards in the local tavern.

A real-life character whose life is shrouded in fanciful legends, join author Mark ...

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When ghost hunters explore a "haunted" castle in Carmarthenshire they uncover an old mystery that leads to a gruesome tale of a man hanged on a nearby hill.

Spooks and spectres had long been reported in the mystical streets of Carmarthen, home of Arthurian wizard Merlin, but by the late Victorian age they were starting to fade away.

When a group of curious reporters decide to go on a night-time paranormal investigation to s...

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The Gwragedd Annwn are some of the more terrifying fairy folk to lurk in wilds of Wales.

These ferocious fighting female fairies haunt the lonely Welsh lakes and streams, and are known in English as the wives of hell or the wives of the otherworld.

Like feisty freshwater mermaids, these tylwyth teg are not to be messed with, as some have discovered the hard way.

Join author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) as he explores the fascinating...

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Seeing a death omen is usually a quick, fleeting affair, but in this weird real-life ghost story it is far more intense experience.

A death omen, in its simplest form, is a supernatural sign that somebody is not going to be on this earth much longer. In Wales, one of the more popular death omens is the corpse candle (y canwyll corff), a light which, much like the will-o’-the-wisp, floats in the darkness and glows a blue light.

But ...

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In Victorian Wales, the 12 Days of Christmas became the 12 Days of Carnage for some, with a little too much merriment leading to fisticuffs and debauchery.

At the heart of the festivities was music, and it was during this period that Wales became known as the "Land of Song." There were mummers and Christmas carol singers in the streets, and a certain horse-skulled creature called the Mari Lwyd.

But there was a fierce rivalr...

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One of the best Christmas traditions is telling creepy ghost stories by candlelight, but unlike the tales of Charles Dickens and M.R. James, what if these spooky yarns were not works of fiction, but real-life tales of terror?

In one tale, a wife heads out into the wilds of Wales one chilly Christmas Eve in search of her missing husband, but finds something far more terrifying.

In another, a family ghost appears every festive season...

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Explore Wales’s weird and wonderful Christmastime tradition, the festive "bone horse" that is the Mari Lwyd!

The Mari Lwyd is a curious custom which sees a hobby horse-like like creature challenge people to a battle in verse - what some call a "rap battle" - and, if victorious, enters their home to eat their cakes and ale.

But what began as a good-natured folk tradition soon descended into one of chaotic folk horror...

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Ghosts of the living come in all shapes and sizes, from lost souls minding their own business to stone-hurling poltergeists.

But what does it mean to see a spirit, of somebody who is still alive?

In this creepy collection of "real life" paranormal encounters, they are seen in the middle of the day and the dead of night, some with messages, and some with somewhere to get to, and some who simply vanish into thin air.

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