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The Braaid

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by C. I. Paton mentions in "Manx Calendar Customs (Continued)" that there is a well at The Braaid. It gets a little asterisk, which puts it in the category 'Known to be "sacred" wells.'
The visiting of wells for the cure of diseases was very general in the Isle of Man within living memory. The special days on which they were visited were Ascension Day and the first Sunday in August, especially the latter day, but the sick, or their friends, came also on other days for the water, particularly on Sundays "when the books were open," i.e. during the time of Morning Service in the Parish Church. [...] Though the custome is even nowadays probably not quite extinct, yet in the greatly changed state of the Island the presence of a coin or a few pins in one of these wells would more probably be due to a feeling for an old custom than to any real belief in the efficacy of the well* - as likely as not it would be due to some holiday visitor who had come picnicking to the spot.
*Folklore is never authentic enough, you will notice. But who needs real belief - look how popular Christmas is amongst non-believers.

From Folklore, Vol. 52, No. 3 (Sep., 1941), pp. 184-197.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
31st January 2009ce
Edited 31st January 2009ce

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