Manx Customs and Traditions - Tehi Tegi: A Manx folktale told by David Fisher
Hunt the Wren is a Celtic tradition stretching back into Pagan times.
On the Isle of Man today people still come together on the 26th of December to dance and sing the traditional song about a wren, "the king of all birds," who is caught in the bush and killed with sticks and stones.
David Fisher here tells the folktale of an enchanting witch of long ago, which offers an explanation of where this Manx tradition comes from.
A version of this same story can be found in Sophia Morrison's 'Manx Fairy Tales.'
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