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November & December 2014

Wednesday 12th November

Speaker: Mark Norman

Black Dog - Folklore in Devon

Black Dog legends are common all over the world. One of the reasons may be that mankind and dogs have lived and worked closely together for thousands of years.
The dog has shared our fires at night, guarded our homes and worked for us during the day, herding or hunting. In many myths, dogs also carry out these duties at the edges, between worlds. You find Black Dog myths in Siberia, North America and all over Asia. Greek mythology also tells of the dog Cerberus, with three heads, which watches the entrance to the underworld.

In most stories black dogs foretell death or doom but, occasionally, they can be guardians of treasure. However, not all ghost dogs are unfriendly. In some stories they come back to guide or help their masters or others.

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