A Map of British Folklore
I like to follow the #FolkloreThursday hashtag on Twitter and recently came upon this interactive map of British folklore. It's pretty cool!
I found the map in an article about how the folklore tradition is being lost because parents aren't telling the tales to their kids, not because they're horrible parents but because they're just not familiar with the stories anymore themselves. Apparently most British adults knowledge of stories as well-known as Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest come from recent film adaptations rather than oral tales.
This makes sense, I suppose, as it's clear movies and TV are the dominant form of storytelling in our culture, certainly more than oral stories, but still.
Everyone wants a sense of rootedness, and few things dig down into particular expressions of the human condition like folklore, which is why I'll be going down this folklore rabbit hole for a few hours.