Category Archives: FolkLore

Reminiscences of Knife Fights with Wild Dogs

A recollection from John Wilson’s ‘Reminiscences of the Early Settlement of Dunedin and South Otago‘. The following account is given by Mr. Matthew Marshall, a passenger by the “Philip Laing” in 1848, and relates to the time 1852) when he was shepherding for Edwin Meredith … Continue reading

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Druidic Lore and Halloween Custom

By John Pbnnell. Otago Witness , Issue 2227, 5 November 1896, Page 49 http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=OW18961105.2.226&srpos=47&e=——-100–1—-0occult+ritual– Interestingly “John Pennell” seems to be the pseudonym of a New Zealand author, suggesting that this is an original work rather than (as is typical of … Continue reading

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THE BAG OF DREAMS

A weird little tale, bordering on magical realism, from a 12 year old. THE BAG OF DREAMS Evening Post, Volume CXVIII, Issue 36, 11 August 1934, Page 20 http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=EP19340811.2.178.2&srpos=136&e=——-10–131—-2was+a+witch– With thanks to the National Library of New Zealand

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An encounter with a Wild Man in Southland

SANDY AND THE MAEROERO. In some notes which Mr. James Cowan kindly gave to the collector to make use of as desired, occurs the story of Sandy’s shooting expedition. The collector was also told this tale, but as Mr. Cowan’s … Continue reading

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The Waihola Ghost

The Waihola Ghost Bruce Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 2983, 5 August 1898, Page 5   http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=BH18980805.2.34&srpos=17&e=——-10–11—-0possessed+ghost– We can find no evidence of the existence of Mr. Zubwobski… though a Waihola cricketer of a century ago isn’t necessarily going to leave … Continue reading

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A Fairy Woman

Kai-he-raki was a witch woman who lived on the Takitimu Range—not an ugly old witch-hag, but a young and beautiful witch whose comeliness defied Time. She was tapu. A man out hunting wekas caught her, but the narrator forgot his … Continue reading

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Fairy Horsemen

From Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Coming of the Faeries‘ 1921 The wide distribution of the fairies may be judged by the following extremely inter- esting narrative from Mrs. Hardy, the wife of a settler in the Maori districts of New … Continue reading

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