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Offline Liza Frank

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Re: Help with dissertation - Are you afraid of the dark?
« Reply #25 on: July 17, 2021, 07:21:59 pm »
An abandoned ouija board? I wouldn't have stayed around either!!

My only bad experience underground was in a mine so I’ll throw it into this subject .

I was in my usual iron mine I had been around many many times never with any issues and new it like the back of my hand , a friend was visiting and asked me to take him on a trip down their I said no as I felt ill , then it ended up two friends came to visit at my house they eventually convinced me ,  I braved it up got of the sofa as I only see them once a year so I thought I’ll make most of it and man up from the man flu !  I had been checking this survey of the mine and had done around 90% of it I thought i would drag them around the last 10% , some reason I had never been in this section I went in feeling absolutely terrible and then spotted a very old ouija board I don’t believe in this stuff but gosh that day I left,  never to return again ! I don’t no why  I believe just feeling ill and also finding that was horrible !

Tom

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Re: Help with dissertation - Are you afraid of the dark?
« Reply #26 on: July 17, 2021, 07:23:19 pm »
Thank you! Much appreciated!

Filled in the questionnaire  :smartass:

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Re: Help with dissertation - Are you afraid of the dark?
« Reply #27 on: July 17, 2021, 07:25:25 pm »
I'm just reading an article about ritual protection marks! Thanks!

2 or 300 years ago, people would often put ritual protection marks beside passages that had cool draughts emanating from them, as they didn't know where the air was coming from.

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Re: Help with dissertation - Are you afraid of the dark?
« Reply #28 on: July 18, 2021, 03:24:48 pm »
Another good library is at The Folklore Society (https://folklore-society.com/about/the-folklore-society-library/) so if you ever fancy doing some research you should check them out.
When I was at UCL, the Folklore Society Library was in a building on Malet Place next to the Egyptology collection. Some lunchtimes if I wanted a break from other undergrads and the course, I'd go there. I usually read about lycanthropy.  Oddly there was never anybody else there not even a librarian and it always seemed dark even at midday. Creaking floorboards in the old building added to its overall ambiance.

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Re: Help with dissertation - Are you afraid of the dark?
« Reply #29 on: July 18, 2021, 05:18:50 pm »
keep on the road, don't go on the moors Robert!!!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Help with dissertation - Are you afraid of the dark?
« Reply #30 on: July 18, 2021, 07:39:05 pm »
There are some articles about on paraspeleology, such as:
https://caves.org/pub/speleodigest/1996.shtml

& I remember one about Mendip, but can't remember which publication.

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Re: Help with dissertation - Are you afraid of the dark?
« Reply #31 on: July 18, 2021, 07:51:23 pm »
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An abandoned ouija board? I wouldn't have stayed around either!!

Sorry, I just don't 'get it'; what's the big deal about a bit of junk abandoned underground (apart from the fact that junk shouldn't be abandoned underground)?

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Re: Help with dissertation - Are you afraid of the dark?
« Reply #32 on: July 18, 2021, 09:10:32 pm »
some folk will believe the **it  media/ web / and crap movies push as scary, woooo  :shrug:
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Re: Help with dissertation - Are you afraid of the dark?
« Reply #33 on: July 18, 2021, 09:36:19 pm »
Ouija boards have a much longer history than most of them!

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Re: Help with dissertation - Are you afraid of the dark?
« Reply #34 on: July 18, 2021, 11:19:06 pm »
eh?

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Re: Help with dissertation - Are you afraid of the dark?
« Reply #35 on: July 18, 2021, 11:42:57 pm »
Modern media is a recent phenomenon in comparison - some people believe in all sorts of stuff that others consider to be complete bollocks (as proved by numerous discussions on this forum)

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Re: Help with dissertation - Are you afraid of the dark?
« Reply #36 on: August 02, 2021, 12:31:57 am »
Another thought, although it might be a bit late in the day.  The lyrics of the Iron Maiden song 'Fear of the Dark' sum up quite well the fear and phobias and anxieties of the dark, and adding two and two to make 5 with the monsters lurking under the bed....

https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/5935023/Iron+Maiden/Fear+of+the+Dark+%5BLive+at+Rock+in+Rio%5D

Me being me, obviously had to link to a video.  Here's the lyric version.




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Re: Help with dissertation - Are you afraid of the dark?
« Reply #37 on: August 02, 2021, 07:17:53 am »
Not too late at all! Thanks for this. It's been a long time since I heard it!

Another thought, although it might be a bit late in the day.  The lyrics of the Iron Maiden song 'Fear of the Dark' sum up quite well the fear and phobias and anxieties of the dark, and adding two and two to make 5 with the monsters lurking under the bed....

https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/5935023/Iron+Maiden/Fear+of+the+Dark+%5BLive+at+Rock+in+Rio%5D

Me being me, obviously had to link to a video.  Here's the lyric version.



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Re: Help with dissertation - Are you afraid of the dark?
« Reply #38 on: August 18, 2021, 04:12:01 pm »
Hi Liza,

I'm also working on my dissertation, which is about the history of caving for my undergraduate history degree, and was hoping that you could point me towards some of your favourite collections of folklore about caves? I have some stuff, but it's always useful to look at more! I'm only doing preliminary reading at the moment so anything at all related would be interesting.

Many thanks,
Eve
Hello!

I’m wondering if you might be able to help me.

I’m currently studying for a Masters in Folklore Studies at University of Hertfordshire and I’m working on my dissertation, Are You Afraid of the Dark? How folklore impacts our relationship with dark spaces. As the name implies, I’m researching how people relate to the dark and what effect folklore, stories, beliefs etc have on their reaction to dark spaces (even if they're not afraid). And, given the enormous amount of stories, folklore, beliefs and rituals attached to caves, I'm really interested in getting the perspective of people who work and spend their leisure time underground.

I’ve created a short questionnaire as part of my research, if you have 15 minutes to spare, would you mind filling it in, please? The survey is anonymous, confidential, participants must be 18 or over, and it's open until 18 August 2021. My webpage (https://liza-frank.com/are-you-afraid-of-the-dark/) says a little more about the research, and a direct link to the questionnaire (also included on the webpage) is: https://herts.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/are-you-afraid-of-the-dark 

Many thanks in advance, and feel free to ask me any questions about the dissertation
Liza Frank

 

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