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Manx Customs and Traditions - A Manx Superstition for Hop-tu-naa

Published on 26 Oct 2016

Hop-tu-naa was originally celebrated as the ancient Celtic New Year on the Isle of Man.

It was at this time that the spirit world was most accessible to us, and so certain practices could reveal the shadows of things yet to occur. Such "superstitions" were passed down through the generations in the Isle of Man, with specific practices credited with the power to divine the future if carried out on the 31st of October each year.

The superstition which features in this video is one amongst many, which are recorded in various sources. This particular version comes from A. W. Moore's 'Folk Lore of the Isle of Man'.

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