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Ashby de la Zouch's forgotten Holy Well

An Act for Making and Maintaining a Navigable Canal from the Coventry Canal records

“Use of the said Canal or Works from or out of a certain Spring called the Holywell in the Parish of Ashby de la Zouch or out of the Stream or Brook flowing from the same whereby Town is in Part supplied with Water nor in any way to divert or the Course of the said Spring Stream or Brook but that the same shall and may at all Times hereafter flow as freely fully and beneficially to said Town of Ashby de la Zouch and along the antient Course thereof to Intents and Purposes as heretofore.”

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Dante's dogs (Google Books)

Or why I think their portrayal in the Divine Comedy should indicate witchcraft rather than only him disliking dogs.

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The Banshee of Marrtown

The Banshee of Marrtown

Region of origin: Marrtown, West Virginia

As people emigrate to new lands, the creatures and figures of their folklore may travel along with them and as a result, tales of banshees in America have cropped up around communities where Scottish and Irish immigrants have resettled. 247 more words

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Demonising paganism

I have the weird feeling it’s not that Dante and Shakespeare hated dogs (though they could’ve changed their minds over time for whatever reason) but rather superstitions involving or mistrust of dogs may’ve been more commonplace in their day. 213 more words

Beware the Baba Yaga

In Eastern European foklore, the Baba Yaga is a witch or supernatural entity often describes as a hideous old woman. Legends mention she wears or dress, with bright glowing read eyes, claws and pointed teath. 44 more words


Metacognition: Once More, With Feeling

We’re back with our “thinking about thinking” series! If you’re interested in our previous deep thoughts, check out the Metacognition series.  Join us for some deep thoughts (and maybe the occasional not-so-deep thought) about gaming. 684 more words

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Over a year ago, I had a chance to visit the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati. That was right after I explored The Mind Museum… 184 more words