‘A Dwelling Place for Dragons’: Wild Places in Mythology and Folklore

  • Nell Aubrey


This Chapter will examine the concept of the Wilderness as a cross-cultural milieu traditionally associated with supernatural encounters. ‘Wilderness’ covers a range of settings across both natural and human environments. Despite ecological variability, a unifying feature of Wilderness is its alterity, concretized in its portrayal as the domain of powerful and ambiguous otherworldly forces. Drawing on mythology, folklore and ethnographic sources, I will explore the character of the Wilderness as a liminal and unstable physical landscape and a spatial reality both potentially transformative and threatening.


Wilderness Wild places Folklore Mythology 


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