Newfoundland Folklore

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  • With potential fairy-wrought disaster always near, there are many traditional charms Newfoundlanders always use for protection.
  • Keeping bread in your pockets can ward off fairies.
  • Or, if you are in danger of being led astray, you can turn an article of clothing inside out, putting you back on the right path (it confuses the fairies and breaks their spell).
  • Money is also a charm. Some locals pin silver coins to their clothing or place coins inside baby carriages. Religious metals have the same effect
  • Through fairy stories, Newfoundlanders connect to their history , to each other and to nature. They all have a fairy story to tell and it's one likely passed on from generation to generation
  • The stories themselves are full of delightful drama, adding a distinct cultural flavour that isn't found anywhere else in Canada.
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