Exploring new interpretations of past and place in archaeology, folklore and mythology Articles on archaeology, folklore and mythology Full index to At the Edge issues 1 to 10. This site is sponsored by Heart of Albion Press publishers of books and booklets on folklore, mythology, local history and much more.Contents of back issues of At the Edge Why At the Edge merged with 3rd Stone. NEW from Heart of Albion May 2005: Sacred Places: Prehistory and popular imagination by Bob Trubshaw This book looks back at the days of At the Edge and other 'Earth Mysteries' 'zines and provides detailed discussions of many of the topics outlined here.
More about Sacred Places There have been fascinating developments in the study of folklore in the last twenty-or-so years, but few books about British folklore and folk customs reflect these exciting new approaches.
As a result there is a huge gap between scholarly approaches to folklore studies and 'popular beliefs' about the character and history of British folklore.
Explore Folklore is the first book to bridge that gap, and to show how much 'folklore' there is in modern day Britain.
Explore Folklore shows there is much more to folklore than morris dancing and fifty-something folksingers!
The rituals of 'what we do on our holidays', funerals, stag nights and 'lingerie parties' are all full of 'unselfconsious' folk customs.
Indeed, folklore is something that is integral to all our lives – it is so intrinsic we do not think of it as being 'folklore'.
The implicit ideas underlying folk lore and customs are also explored.
There might appear to be little in common between people who touch wood for luck (a 'tradition' invented in the last 200 years) and legends about people who believe they have been abducted and subjected to intimate body examinations by aliens.
Yet, in their varying ways, these and other 'folk beliefs' reflect the wide spectrum of belief and disbelief in what is easily dismissed as 'superstition'.