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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 di ...
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The tragic story of Mallt-y-Nos (Matilda of the Night), the female spirit cursed to hunt and ride for eternity. What drove this Norman lady to such a fate? How did her passion for the hunt lead to everlasting torment? Discover the dark wish that sealed her destiny and how her ghostly cries still echo through the Welsh countryside. Explore the lore …
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Join your host, Mark Rees, as he uncovers age-old secrets designed to protect against the otherworldly forces that lurk in the shadows. Don't let the spirits catch you unawares—listen now! Explore three traditional methods of warding off spirits, fairies, and even werewolves. Can invoking the name of God or Jesus truly banish malevolent entities? D…
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Delve into the eerie world of corpse birds, winged entities said to foretell impending death. Are these sightings mere coincidences or something more sinister? Uncover the chilling tales behind these supernatural avian visitors as we explore first-hand accounts like the tale of Miss Griffiths and the mysterious "little grey one," or the tragic fate…
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Ghostly encounters that defy explanation are reported at two haunted houses. Are you brave enough to explore these mysterious cases where the line between the living and the dead blurs, and every shadow holds a secret? In our first story, we delve into the grisly crimes of a house shrouded in a sinister past. Who—or what—haunts its halls, leaving g…
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Mischievous spectral beings wreak havoc in a Welsh mansion that promises thrills and chills at every turn. Fact with folklore intertwine in this mysterious tale that blurs the lines between reality and the paranormal. Was it truly the work of supernatural forces, or merely the imaginings of a frightened community? As we explore the remnants of a on…
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Spectral hounds roam the land at night. Some possess the bodies of half-humans, with eyes like moons and mouths that emit smoke. What do these unearthly creatures signify? And why do they haunt the valleys and mountains of Wales? In our exploration, we'll encounter tales of evil fishermen chased into the sea, lost travelers saved by the power of pr…
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Step into the realm of the uncanny and delve into the mysterious world of death omens and supernatural secrets. From the infamous corpse candles to chilling premonitions, uncover the spine-tingling tales that have haunted communities for generations. What do these strange signs really signify? How do they choose their harbingers of death? And could…
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Unravel the mysterious realm of exorcism, a practice as old as time itself, employed to banish ghouls, ghosts, and goblins from our world. Is there a safeguard against the forces of darkness? Could your daily piety be the key to repelling the bogeys and fairies lurking in the shadows? Are you ready to unravel the secrets of exorcism, spirituality, …
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Can the most terrifying paranormal activity also be the most boring? Are dull ghosts really the scariest of all? In this chilling episode, Mark Rees unravels a paranormal theory that turns the mundane into the terrifying. What if the most ordinary ghost stories held a power that could send shivers down your spine? Delve into a "dull" ghost tale in …
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Picture this: snarling spectral dogs traversing the air in hot pursuit of their prey. Their haunting howls are harbingers of death, and their appearance cannot be easily defined, ranging from small white creatures with rose-coloured ears to "ugly beasts" with fiery eyes. On this chilling episode, we delve into the eerie realm of the Welsh otherworl…
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Dive into the Christmas revelry with singing and dancing, but beware: there's a darker side to these Victorian traditions involving a frightening hag and a horse-skulled Christmas visitor. Uncover strange tales of festive celebrations, the Welsh love for singing in the 'land of song', the long-standing links between Morris Dancing and the Mari Lwyd…
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Christmas Gremlins have struck the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast HQ. Sadly, there is no new episode this week due to some potentially paranormal technical difficulties. Instead, here's a quick update from Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) in which he explains what you can expect over the festive season, and calls on the Mari Lwyd to deliver some s…
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A haunting described as "one of the biggest poltergeist cases ever" saw a Welsh business plagued by paranormal activity. The chilling case of Peter the Poltergeist/ Pete the Polt is one of the most significant poltergeist cases documented. A haunting that spanned a decade, mysterious objects were thrown around a workshop in Cardiff that led the bew…
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Can an "uncanny piece of furniture" really suck your blood like Dracula? Is this vampire bed possessed by Nosferatu? When a young family in seventeenth-century Cardiff acquire a heavy four-posted bedstead at a bankruptcy sale, little could they have known it was the soon-to-be infamous "vampire bed." It caused a four-month-old baby to scream in ter…
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Dare you join Mark Rees and a team of paranormal investigators for an "as-live" spine-tingling ghost hunt in Wales? Nos Calan Gaeaf - as Halloween is known in the Welsh language - is the perfect time of year for ghost stories and, of course, ghost hunting. The "most haunted" location for this year's eerie exploration is a live music venue in the he…
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Halloween folklore of Wales and the world: explore the haunted history of Nos Calan Gaeaf with Mark Rees and a special guest on this eerie seasonal special. Nos Calan Gaeaf, as Halloween is known in the Welsh language, has long been a time for tradition and festivities. But how did Victorian celebrations differ from modern-day parties? By teaming u…
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Journey into the haunted heart of Welsh folklore, exploring eerie accounts of encounters with mysterious apparitions known as corpse candles (canwyll corff). In the 19th and early 20th centuries, innocent individuals walking through the Welsh countryside found themselves face to face with ghostly lights that foretold impending deaths. Tales from Ma…
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Corpse candles were once a common sight in Wales. What's truly spine-tingling is that sometimes these lights were carried by ghostly figures, believed to be the very souls soon to depart. This episode delves into historical cases of individuals who regularly witnessed corpse candles, shedding light on the eerie prevalence of this phenomenon. We als…
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Were witches, devils and fairies responsible for destroying cities? And what about the lake monsters and dragons lurking in the depths? Events that some people might describe as an act of god have been blamed on all manner of supernatural creatures. What do you believe? Explore the lore with Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) on the Ghosts and Folklore of…
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Can you see, hear, smell and feel a ghost? Can you trust your senses in a haunted location? The waft of lavender might suggests a Victorian woman’s perfume; a fleeting white shape might suggest the death shroud of a tormented soul; and the sensation of being touched by icy fingers might suggest that somebody, or something, is reaching out to grope …
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There's witchcraft in the earth, death omens in the dirt, and all manner of gothic graveyard traditions associated with the soil beneath out feet. Can these strange superstitions and unusual traditions bring good luck, bad luck, and a whole lot more? Explore the lore with Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast... if…
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Sceptics and believers are divided when a "violent" entity targets an unassuming home and and transforms it into a haunted mansion. Can you solve the mystery of the Pembrokeshire poltergeist? Explore the lore with Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast... if you dare! BUY MARK REES A COFFEE: If you'd like to support…
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A trio of "real life" ghost stories including a young lover who pays a heavy price for sneaking out late at night, an extremely deadly death omen, and a series of haunted mansions in a Welsh town. Three eerie tales from Carmarthenshire that featute a "most haunted" fence (!), a rare spectral premonition that was thought to lead to multiple deaths, …
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How can you tell if there's an evil spirit in your church? And if the demons attack, who can repel them? On this episode we investigate the ways in which Satan can deceive even the most faithful of churchgoers, and take a closer look at one of his fiercest battles with a man of God which left permanent scars in the Welsh landscape, the Legend of Ll…
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Folklore so absurd it can't possibly be true... can it? On this episode we investigate the ways in which the fairy folk can be stopped from committing such crimes as kidnapping children with all manner of ingenious - and bizarre - superstitions. It also works on repelling vampires, demons, and all manner or supernatural intruders. Explore the fairy…
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All aboard the phantom funeral train for a ride you'll never forget... if you survive! In this episode we explore eerie first-hand accounts of death omens that predict bad news for the good folk of Wales. There's phantom trains, phantom funerals, and phantom singing - yes, singing - along the way. Explore the lore with Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) o…
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Dare you take a ghost tour around the dark streets and haunted mansions where headless ladies and coughing poltergeists lurk around every corner? In this episode we head to Carmarthenshire and a road outside Carmarthen for a quarter of uncanny accounts in search of clues to unsolved paranormal mysteries. Explore the lore with Mark Rees (Ghosts of W…
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Summer and winter do battle in some weird and wonderful folk horror-like traditions to celebrate the coming of brighter days. In Welsh folklore, the May Day celebrations emerge from the great fire festivals of the ancient druids in which the king and queen of May are crowned. All manner of rites are performed for a bountiful harvest and fertility i…
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What happened during the biggest fire festival of the ancient druids of Britain? Welsh folklore tells us that the British pagans loved nothing more than a big bonfire to mark special occasions, from the Summer Solstice to the Winter Solstice, and Midsummer to Samhain. But there was one fire festival to rule them all, the biggest fire festival of al…
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A paranormal hotspot has attracted spooks for centuries. What is going on in Wrexham? In this centuries-spanning haunting, what began as something of a grisly urban legend becomes a terrifying modern-day ghost story when a poltergeist is disturbed from their slumber. Explore the lore with Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wa…
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The frightening fairy folk known as changelings steal babies from their mothers and replace them with something far more sinister. If you suspect your children have been swapped for uncanny doppelgangers, what can you do? Maybe it's time to visit the local witch or conjurer for some magical help. Explore the creepy lore of the fairies with Mark Ree…
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Death omens come in many guises, from eerie dark spirits to psychic visions witnessed only by mediums. Some are phantoms who foreshadow a death in community and appear in the form of spirits, others in the form of sounds. Sometimes they after the shades of night have fallen, others in broad daylight. Whenever and wherever they manifest, the result …
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Explore the mysteries of the skies, where gods and witches battle in the heavens. Learn how to avoid turning your children into lunatics, being targeted by thunder and lighting, the real meaning of rainbows and comets, and much more. Explore the cosmic lore with Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast... if you dare!…
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There's paranormal activity in the ancient Welsh county. Is Gwent haunted? From Newport to Newcastle, there are reports of giant phantoms, spirit-infested trees, magical wells, and even a friendly apparition or two. Explore the lore with Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast... if you dare! BUY MARK REES A COFFEE: …
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Dare you follow the "Old Woman" who laughs with a weird, uncanny, crackling old laugh? The Gwyllion are the mountain fairies of Wales who are said to lead weary travellers astray in the fog and mist. Friends of the goats who take delight in your plight, when the shades of night fall beware their fairy tricks. But there are ways to protect yourself,…
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Three haunted house with very different paranormal activity - what connects them? A trio of "real-life" hauntings are seemingly linked by haunted objects: a centuries-old conspiracy concerning a vicar, a sinister old lady who hates visitors, and the skeleton of a man who came to a rather unfortunate end. Explore the lore with Mark Rees (Ghosts of W…
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Dare you tackle this fiendish festive quiz? 10 questions, from the Mari Lwyd to Welsh witches! If you think you know your strange superstitions and weird Welsh traditions, try and beat the score of special guest Chris Carra on this Christmas and New Year's Eve quiz. If you win, the Mari will bring you good luck for the next 12 months... Explore the…
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Is it Santa Claus or an evil spirit disturbing a family home at the witching hour on Christmas Eve? Christmas is the best time of year for ghost stories, and it's even better when those ghost stories are real. In this selection of real-life accounts from Cardiff, pesky poltergeist and a lady in white haunt the streets of the capital, but unlike the…
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To see a death omen is never a good sign. But to see a phantom funeral? That was extra terrifying. With the possible exception of the Corpse Candle, the most prominent death portent in Wales is the “Toili” or spirit funeral; a kind of shadowy funeral which foretold the real one. Explore the dark folklore with Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) on the Ghos…
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The sun and the moon have long been associated with good and bad luck, but what is their supernatural power? In this episode, the folklore of the skies is examined with tales of ancient druids, terrible death omens, Welsh dragons, and traditions that may have connections with modern-day Christmas and Easter. Join Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) for a f…
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In the 1980s, an idyllic pub was named the "most haunted" pub in Wales, and possibly the world. But what was happening at this serene beauty spot? Strange sounds were captured, audible phenomena that experts debated but could not explain, and some believed it might be an early example of the so-called "Stone Tape" theory in action. Whatever it was,…
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A mischievous spirit terrorises a Welsh valleys' "most haunted" cottage on Nos Calan Gaeaf. It was just before Halloween in 1893 that this fantastical tale emerged from the Rhondda Valleys. A group of locals were being spooked by "hideous apparitions" and one woman claimed that she was – quite literally – swept off her feet. There were no Ghostbust…
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Paranormal investigation tips from Edwardian ghost hunters . Ghostbusters in Edwardian times - long before the invention of proton packs - needed some crafty tricks to rid themselves of pesky poltergeists. In this guide "How to Get Rid of Ghosts, Spirits, Goblins, and Devils, etc." their secrets are rediscovered to aid modern-day ghost hunters ahea…
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In many of the Welsh Ghost Stories, the spirit or ghost was supposed to have been none other than the evil one himself... The Devil takes on many forms, but could he really disguise himself as a pet? In these accounts Satan, or another demon from hell, appears to mere mortals as cats, dogs, horses and more. Join Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) for an a…
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A strange white apparition is terrifying a Welsh village. Can the local ghostbusters solve the mystery? On the golden sands of Caswell Bay a ghostly visitant is sending shivers up the spine of young and old alike after the shades of night have fallen. A group of Mumbles ghost hunters set out to put an end to the haunting of this Swansea spook, and …
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The ancient druids, so folklore tells us, believed the goddess Ceridwen was personified in the moon, and fought a never-ending battle with a Satan-like force for evil with great black wings that inhabited the sun. In fact, the night sky in full of connections to great figures from Welsh mythology, from the tales of the Mabinogion to the legends of …
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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 br…
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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 i…
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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 …
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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 cu…
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