EP45 Folklore of the Sea: Spooky spirit candles, soul-stealing Devils, clairvoyant cats and Davy Jones' Locker - explore the weird and wonderful Welsh coast on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast


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From nautical corpse candles to swashbuckling Devils, explore the folklore of the high seas on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast.

In times gone by, the brave seafaring men who set sail from Wales needed all the help they could get for a trouble-free voyage. What would the weather be like? Would it be calm sailing? And were there any evil entities in the waves looking to cause them mischief?

In the folklore-packed episode of the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast, author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) explores many an old tradition and superstition, include: feline folklore in which cats could be used to predict the future, the origin of the expression Davy Jones' Locker, defending yourself from evil spirits, how the Devil would sail the seas in search of souls to take back to the underworld, the ghosts who ride the white-waves during stormy weather, and even some handy uses for what Richard Burton described as Welshman's caviar - laverbread.

What is the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast?

In early 2020, Mark Rees launched the world’s first podcast dedicated to Welsh ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends.

By combining his unique research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at the country's countless curious subjects.

New episodes are uploaded every Thursday and feature everything from real-life encounters with pesky poltergeists to fantastical beasts from the Mabinogion and the skulled-headed Christmas favourite herself, the Mari Lwyd.

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