“Head of National Trust Doesn’t Understand Folklore Despite Folklorist’s Attempts at Education.”
UK’s National Trust Maintains That Folklore Is “Dying Out” Due to Social Media
Mythical tales about mermaids, warriors and hidden treasure, walnuts to cure brain disease, dead beetles causing rain.
Such folklore has long been passed down from one generation to the next, enchanting children whilst also binding families and communities together.
But the National Trust has warned that advances in technology and social media is causing traditional mythology to die out as it is no longer relevant to modern lives.
It said that in a world dominated by smart phones and the internet, superstitions that were once believed to save the lives of miners and tales of magical blacksmiths were no longer of interest to children who have never ridden a horse or put coal on the fire.
Jessica Monaghan, the National Trust’s Head of Experiences and Programming, called on the public to share its knowledge of folklore from different regions of the UK in a bid to keep it alive.