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THE PISKIE'S FUNERAL and THE LOST LAND OF LYONESSE - Two Legends of Cornwall: Baba Indaba Children's Stories - Issue 260

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ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 260
In this 260th issue of the Baba Indaba’s Children's Stories series, Baba Indaba narrates the two Cornish legends of “THE PISKIE'S FUNERAL and THE LOST LAND OF LYONESSE.”

In THE LOST LAND OF LYONESSE,” a lot of truth mingled with the old legends that tell of the lost land of Lyonesse, a fertile and prosperous country that once extended west from Cornwall as far as the Scilly Isles. According to those old traditions a vast number of villages and 140 churches were overwhelmed on that day, over nine hundred years ago, when the angry sea broke in and drowned fertile land of Lyonesse. You’re invited to download and read the legend of how Lyonesse was lost to the British Isles forever.

In the legend of THE PISKIE'S FUNERAL, Baba tells us of the church of Lelant, near St. Ives. In the old days the old folks used to say that this was the favourite meeting-place of the piskies, or, as folks from other parts of England would call them, fairies. Strange stories were told by the people of Lelant of the moonlight revels indulged in by the small folk in sheltered corners of that great stretch of sand-dunes that borders the Hayle river.

One of the strangest stories is that of a piskie funeral, seen with his own eyes by a respectable villager ever so many years ago. Old Richard, who witnessed this amazing sight, was returning late one night from St. Ives, where he had been in search of fish. As he ascended the hill towards his home, he thought he heard the bell of Lelant church tolling. This struck him as being curious, for it was just midnight, so he went out of his way to have a look at the church, in case anything was wrong.
What did he se you ask? Well, you’re invited to download and read the legend of what exactly Old Bill saw.

It is best to download and read these two legends on a dark and stormy night to young, scared children kept awake by the wind, thunder and lightning. Be sure to open the blinds and switch the lights off to create a bit of “atmosphere”.

Baba Indaba is a fictitious Zulu storyteller who narrates children's stories from around the world. Baba Indaba translates as "Father of Stories".

Each issue also has a "WHERE IN THE WORLD - LOOK IT UP" section, where young readers are challenged to look up a place on a map somewhere in the world. The place, town or city is relevant to the story. HINT - use Google maps.

33% of the profit from the sale of this book will be donated to charities.

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