The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #122508   Message #2688892
Posted By: Jim Carroll
28-Jul-09 - 01:37 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: What is Folklore?
Subject: RE: Folklore: What is Folklore?
Gorse on Mayday - there is something about not bringing hawthorn into the house - bad luck.
Was it unlucky to have a woman on board - or even to meet a woman on the way to the dock - Winterton (Norfolk) sailors would abandon a trip if it happened?
Travellers are fanatical about lucky cauls - they used to go for fairly hefty prices.
In our ignorance we were fascinated by two Travellers in a crowded Whitecahple Pub taking their cauls out of their pockets and comparing them.
Jim Carroll