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A Hudson Valley Writer on the Ancient Custom of Christmas

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on December 23, 2014 in Folklore, History |

Buffer  Viewers of the Fox Television temporary hit series Sleepy Hollow follow a story very loosely based on one of America’s first hits in the world of literary fiction, penned by the Hudson valley writer Washington Irving.  The TV show is set in the Tarrytown, New York area (dismissing by default Kinderhook, New York’s claim […]

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The Vampire Skeleton: A Scary Seneca Iroquois Story

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on October 29, 2014 in Folklore |

Buffer  In western culture the passing of October into November has long been regarded as a spooky time.  Insufficiently tempered with the Christian commemoration of saints, Halloween was thought of as a time when a door opens between this world and the one where ghosts and malevolent spirits linger.  In the ancient Irish calendar, November […]

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