Episode 6 of Sharron Kraus’ Preternatural Investigations podcast is called “Old Traditions and New.” The posted description says:
In which an old, traditional ceremony – The Ancient Castleton Garland Ceremony – is compared with a new, invented one – the burning of the hare at Sin-Eater Festival and the differences between them that make one spellbinding and the other less so are drawn out.
Music by Sharron Kraus
Sin Eater Festival recorded by John Still
Dan Jones, ‘Dark Rites’ in New Scientist, 17 January 2015
Alan Dundes, Interpreting Folklore
Joseph Campbell & Bill Moyers, The Power of Myth
Alan Garner, The Voice That Thunders
Hans-Georg Gadamer, The Relevance of the Beautiful and Other Essays
Ronald Hutton, The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain
“Preternatural Investigations is a podcast about things that are strange but not too strange; the marvelous things that lie ‘between the mundane and the miraculous’1.
“As a rationalist who believes there is magic, mystery and meaning to be found in the world around us, my investigations are influenced by William James’ enquiries into religious experience and Mark Fisher’s explorations of the weird and the eerie.
“My subjects will include the magic we experience in certain places, as a result of participating in certain kinds of activity, in response to art, music and literature, and in nature; the relationship between fictional representations of magic and the preternatural magic we can experience in the world, at wonder, imagination and the ability to find new ways of seeing familiar things, the way fictional and other constructed worlds intersect with and are grafted onto the natural world, enabling us to experience the world as a many-layered palimpsest that draws us in, leads us on, and reveals itself to us at the same time as giving us insights into aspects of ourselves.
“Preternatural Investigations ran for 12 weeks, starting Sunday 23rd August, hosted by musician and writer Sharron Kraus.”