Why are some wells said to be miraculously created by saints? Why are the rituals associated with them sometimes about divination or cursing? What evidence is there for the water curing illnesses? Do the wells have guardians? If so, are they humans, fairies, or even dragons? Is there treasure hidden there? What should be left there - rags, pins, coins, pebbles or even votive offerings? Until recently, the answers had been almost entirely forgotten. However a revival of interest in holy wells started in 1985 with the publication of Janet and Colin Bord's book "Sacred Waters" and in recent years research has gathered pace. In this new book, Janet brings together the latest understanding of such lore as 75 topic-by-topic descriptions, including their links to pre-Christian practices. There is also a list of 25 recommended wells to visit. The 135 illustrations include historic photographs of wells and rituals. "Cures and Curses" provides an enticing overview for those looking for an introduction to holy wells and a source of reliable but little-known information for those already seduced by the allure of sacred springs.
About the Author
Janet Bord lives in North Wales, where she and her husband Colin run the Fortean Picture Library. They have written more than 20 books on folklore and mysteries since their first successful joint venture, Mysterious Britain (1972).