The Folklore of the Tanuki

Imagine a raccoon creature that can transform into other things by putting a leaf on its head. If you imagined that, you just imagined a tanuki. A folk creature of Japan, the tanuki is now immortalized in statue that can be found outside many Japanese restaurants or bars. Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the...

the Folklore of the Yuletide Season

Whether you are one of those creeps who hangs mistletoe in your home, or one of the people who enjoys burning a special log in your fireplace on a cold early winter night, the history of Yule and the Yuletide sums up why you do the things you do in the wintertime. If you enjoy sharing warm drinks with neighbors and celebrate the days getting longer than you are in the Yuletide spirit. Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of...

the Folklore of Krampus and Christmas

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout or else Krampus will hit you with birch sticks. He is the yin to St. Nicholas’s Yang, and he is the reason that children have feared being naughty for hundreds of years, yet you probably didn’t grow up hearing about him. Being part man and part goat, and fully demonic, Krampus is by far the scariest part of the Christmas Season. Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Krampus this Christmas...

the Folklore of Saturnalia and Christmas

HoHoHo! I’d place a Vegas bet that you’ll eat some cookies this week, possibly listening to holiday music on the radio, and enjoying a delicious of egg nog. Did you know that these traditions actually find their root outside of Christmas and were absorbed by Christianity many centuries after the traditions were established? Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of...