Did you know why you shouldn't waken a sleeping person relates to their soul? Claire Doohan and Jonny Dillon, folklorists in the National Folklore Collection speak about the soul and how it was perceived and treated in Irish folk tradition.

The soul and how the Irish people treated it is a fascinating topic and in this episode of Blúiríní Béaloidis, Claire and Jonny flesh out its importance, from dreams to death.

During the podcast, we are introduced to the concept of the soul in Ireland's folklore, probably best known from storytellers like Peig Sayers. We hear about how commonly those who told stories refer to the soul in it's various existences, both inside and outside the body.

Discussing death and some of the traditions which are still observed in parts of Ireland, Jonny and Claire suggest opening a window after a death gives the soul which has departed the body a chance to escape. 


Blúiríní Béaloidis is a podcast created by the staff of Cnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann- The National Folklore Collection, housed in UCD.