Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees

By Mark Rees

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast with Mark Rees: Real-life ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends from haunted Wales. Join Mark Rees - "arguably Wales' leading authority on the curious and paranormal aspects of the country's history." (Western Mail) and author of book such as Ghosts of Wales, Paranormal Wales and The A-Z of Curious Wales - for a fascinating journey through the weird and wonderful history of Wales and the world. From 'most haunted' Welsh castles to fairy-filled forests, discover long-lost cases of pesky poltergeists, sea-faring stories of mermaids and mermen, and ancient tales from the Mabinogion and King Arthur on this spine-chilling tour of Wales’ magical, fantastical, dark and, at times, horrible history. Each episode of this unique podcast explores at a different topic, and offers Mark's unique insight and research into: seasonal traditions from the Mari Lwyd to Halloween (Nos Calan Gaeaf); unusual funeral and wedding customs, such as the macabre Sin Eater and eerie corpse candles; how the magic of witches, wizards and the ancient Druids continue to cast a spell over the land today.

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    EP68 The White Lady of Oystermouth Castle: Does a white lady ghost haunt one of Wales‘ ”most haunted” castles? Let‘s go on a paranormal investigation on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    28:00
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    EP67 A Victorian Séance: There‘s table tipping, corpse candles, and deathlike fingers in this real-life account of a visit to a psychic spirit medium in Swansea - Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    25:41
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    EP66 The Giant‘s Body: When a fairy-eating giant and wicked witch invade a happy Welsh valley, it quickly become a valley of horror in this traditional folk tale - Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    22:45
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    EP65 Restless Spirits and Fairy Folk: What happens when you stop believing in fairies but their paranormal activity continues? You blame poltergeists & phantoms - Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    25:46
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    EP64 The Evil Spirit Strikes Back: When paranormal activity destroys a Welsh home, is it the work of a poltergeist, a curse, or just local lore? Find out on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    24:35
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    EP63 Haunted Rivers: Wailing spirits, monstrous serpents, bottomless pits and the devil in disguise - explore the strange legends of the Welsh waterways on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    23:02
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    EP62 The Ghost Police: When the police are the ghosts, who ya gonna call? There were no Ghostbusters to deal with paranormal activity in the Swinging Sixties! - Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    25:53
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    EP61 The Fairy-Haunted Mines: What creatures lurk deep beneath the Welsh mountains? Goblins, gnomes, basilisks? Go in search of the coblynau and more on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    30:29
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    EP60 The Disembodied Hand at the Haunted Mansion: A ghostly hand - like Thing from The Addams Family - has long haunted a Welsh home. Let's go ghost hunting on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    20:50
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    EP59 The Spectral Nun and the Skeleton in the Wall: Why are religious ghosts haunting a Welsh parish? Let's go on a paranormal investigation on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast!
    24:52
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    EP58 The Mystery of the Macabre Magician: When an infamous Welsh wizard is hired to solve a crime things get a little bit gothic. Find out all the secrets on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast!
    23:00
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    EP57 The Phantom Werewolf: A "real-life" horror story in which a strange wolf-like creature with hellish eyes terrorises holidaymakers in the Welsh mountains - Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    24:39
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    EP56 The Witch's Curse: A dark and tragic folk tale in which a Welsh woman is struck down by witchcraft - or is it all in her mind? Find out more on the magical Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    24:33
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    EP55 The Phantom from Pennsylvania; or, An American Ghost in Wales: Why is an apparition from Philadelphia haunting the Swansea Valley? Let's go hunting on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast!
    22:43
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    EP54 The Magic of Water: Wash with vampires, fight evil spirits, turn water into wine and protect coffee from witches - it's all on this fascinating Welsh on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast!
    23:11
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    EP53 The Haunted Cemetery and the White Mist: Paranormal activity is reported in Victorian Wrexham - but is it really supernatural? Let's go ghost hunting on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast!
    22:19
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    EP52 Beware the Fairy Lights!: Discover the secrets of the Ellylldan, the dangerous Welsh elf-fire which haunt the forests much like the English Will-o’-wisp, on Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast!
    24:15
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    EP51 The Golden Ghost: When an ancient burial site is disturbed, eerie secrets are revealed. Let's go ghost hunting in search of a centuries-old spirit on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast!
    22:55
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    EP50 Party with the Fairy Folk: Warning- the fairies of Wales (y tylwyth teg) have been known to prank those who disturb their revelries! Find out more on episode 50 of the Ghosts and Folklore podcast
    28:34
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    EP49 For Whom the Bell Tolls: A Gothic funeral tradition that keeps away evil spirits, plague, fairies and the Devil! Explore the mysteries of church bells on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    23:37
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    EP48 Soul Lights, Astral Bodies and Strange Omens: Can the soul really leave the body at will? Is there a link to the corpse candles/ death omens? Find out on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast!
    26:47
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    EP47 The Elf Ladies' Stray Fairy Cow: Magical farm animals emerge from a dark and ominous lake in this cautionary folk tale on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    24:15
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    EP46 Ghost of the Hanged Lady: The tragic tale of a spirit with a message for a heart-broken traveller. It's time to go on a paranormal investigation on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast...
    25:24
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    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
    31:18
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    EP44 The Haunted Mansion; or, a Cardiff Ghost Story: A lady in grey is one of the many paranormal guests haunting a Victorian house. Let's go ghost hunting on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast!
    31:00
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    EP43 Nasty Little Elves: The secret origin of the ellyllon, Wales' mischievous fairy folk, and a folk tale from Cardiff on the Ghosts and Folklore podcast. These are not your Lord of the Rings elves!
    24:38
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    EP42 The Ghost Ship Mystery: Invisible boats dock at the harbour, while phantom funerals are seen in the graveyard at night. What does it mean? The Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast goes exploring!
    21:22
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    EP41 Devil Goats: Can a goat really be possessed by an evil entity? In this cautionary folk horror fairy tale, a Welsh farmer finds out the hard way on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    21:07
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    EP40 The Haunted Highway: A phantom coach and ice-cold apparitions have been haunting a lonely Welsh road for centuries. It's time to go ghost hunting on the Ghosts and Folklore podcast!
    20:05
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    EP39 The Magic Power of Leeks: Fight evil spirits with Wales' national vegetable and explore the darker side of St David's Day history and traditions on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    21:14
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    EP38 Vampires of the Valley and Other Strange Creatures: Witches, dog demons, the Devil, a poison fish and a real-life "Dracula" are lurking in the shadows on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    22:15
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    EP37 Pesky Poltergeists in Wild Wales: Evil spirits from the "invisible world" attack unsuspecting victims in Wales' oldest "real-life" ghost stories on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    22:27
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    EP36 Ghosts, Devils and Death Omens; or, A Wild Night by the Romantic Lakes: A haunting (and unromantic!) real-life ghost story for Valentine’s Day on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    27:44
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    EP35 The Dark Fairy Tale of Rhys and Llewellyn: Have you heard fairy music playing in the woods at night? What would happen if you followed it? Find out on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast!
    23:38
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    EP34 Witchcraft by the Sea: In this eerie ghost story of death omens and clairvoyance, a witch's dire prophesy brings tragic news to an unsuspecting young man - Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    24:27
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    EP33 St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers: The dark history of Wales' patron saint of love, the folklore of Ynys Llanddwyn - the 'Island of Love', and how to celebrate Dydd Santes Dwynwen
    20:12
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    EP32 The Murdered Knight: A chilling real-life "Ghosts of Wales" tale in which the spectre of a slain warrior returns to a secluded Welsh farm house and turns a paranormal sceptic into a true believer
    23:23
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    EP31 New Year's Folklore of Wales: From the Mari Lwyd to Calennig, it's out with the old and in with the new as Mark Rees explores the history of Welsh folklore on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
    23:19
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    EP30 Curious Christmas Folklore of Wales: Christmas Eve and Day traditions and customs, from kissing under the mistletoe and light-filled Plygain services to Sion Corn (Santa Claus) and the Mari Lwyd
    30:06
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    EP29 The Magical Christmas Tree... and a few ghosts!: The curious tale of a tree that blossomed in a west Wales garden every Christmas Eve, and some gothic ghost stories to go with it
    26:29
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    EP28 A Ghost Story for Christmas Eve; or, Festive Spirits at the Inn: A real-life tale of paranormal activity at a Welsh town's "most haunted" pub on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast
    24:16
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    EP27 Mari Lwyd, the Welsh Christmas "Ghost Horse": Secret history and folklore of the "bone horse" of Wales, a peculiar custom in which a horse's skull disturbs people late at night for beer and cake
    38:37
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    EP26 Ghost Hunting in Wales' "Most Haunted" Places: Paranormal investigators Cymru Paranormal reveal what it's REALLY like to search for the supernatural in some of the spookiest Welsh locations
    1:00:20
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    EP25 The Secret Islands of the Faeries: How the fairies of Wales are connected to King Arthur, why they are called y Tylwyth Teg, and more Welsh folklore about the fair folk who haunted the forests
    25:35
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    EP24 The Cursed Room at Wales' National Stadium: How a jinx caused rugby and football teams to lose games at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, and the Welsh artist-turned-exorcist who banished the ghosts
    28:03
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    EP23 Guy Fawkes Night: The folklore, traditions, history and ghosts of Bonfire Night, and how Noson Guto Ffowc was celebrated in Wales following the Halloween/ Nos Calan Gaeaf parties
    32:01
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    EP22 Halloween Special - Ghosts of Wales Live!: Explore Wales' "most haunted" places in Mark Rees' new book Paranormal Wales, ghost hunting with Cymru Paranormal and Welsh storyteller Owen Staton
    1:07:17
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    EP21 Spooky Halloween Folklore and Traditions of Wales: How to celebrate Nos Calan Gaeaf, the Welsh Halloween, with Gothic ghost stories and long-lost lore of death omens and witches
    33:38
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    EP20 Halloween in Wales: The secret history and strange traditions of Nos Calan Gaeaf, the Welsh All Hallows' Eve, from the bonfires of Druids to ghosts, goblins, witches, fairies and pixies
    36:55
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    EP19 The Jack-O'-Lantern of Wales: A Halloween special exploring the most horrible history of a "dreaded ghost" which haunted the dark Welsh forests on Nos Calan Gaeaf
    30:22

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