Podcast: For Whom the Bell Tolls – the folklore of church bells at funerals

Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast

EP49 For Whom the Bell Tolls: How an eerie old Gothic funeral tradition can keep away evil spirits, the plague and the Devil himself – explore the mysteries of church bells on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast

For Whom the Bell Tolls: Can church bells really protect your soul from evil spirits, fairies, trolls, plague, and the Devil himself?

Bells have long been a familiar sight and sound at funerals.

From the passing bell at the head of the procession to the church bells reverberating throughout the graveyard, we’ve come to expect their incessant ringing on such sombre occasions.

But far from just being a means of breaking the silence at such sad times, there are also countless superstitions attached to these age-old traditions which could prove to be highly beneficial.

Did you know, for example, that they could keep away such supernatural creatures as fairies, trolls, evil spirits and the Devil himself?

For some answers – and a few more questions – join author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) as he explores the folklore surrounding church bells on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast.

He even sneaks in some folklore about stones, and how the “devil stone” was made by a bell-stealing demon!

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Ghosts of Wales by Mark Rees, host of the Ghosts of Wales podcast

The A-Z of curious Wales by Mark Rees – as well as Mark’s other weird and wonderful books – is available now from all good bookshops, and online from the books page.

Published in 2019 by The History Press, here’s the blurb:

Wales’ history is packed with peculiar customs and curious characters. Here you will discover alien landscapes, ancient druids and a Victorian ghost hunter.

Find out why revellers would carry a decorated horse’s skull on a pole door to door at Christmastime, how an eccentric inventor hoped to defeat Hitler with his futuristic ray gun, and why a cursed wall is protected by a global corporation for fear it might destroy a town.

From the folklore surrounding the red dragon on the flag, to the evolution of the song ‘Sosban Fach’, this compendium of weird and wonderful facts will surprise and delight even the most knowledgeable resident or visitor.

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