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Welcome to Tie of the Month
This months theme: Ghoulies and Ghosties and Long Leggedy Beasties'
A traditional Scottish prayer:
From ghoulies and ghosties and long leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night;
Good Lord deliver us!
I can remember my parents quoting that phrase. I also recall reading many a book of ghost stories that incorporated the same phrase and so as this month will see many people scrounging for sweets during Halloween, I'm not a fan, the phrase sprang to mind when I was pondering this months theme. Is it really a Scottish traditional prayer in the way that I think of something as traditional to a country? I'm not so sure and so I decided to do some research which seems to prove that my doubts were well placed.
The earliest form of this phrase seems to originate in Africa. That was recorded in 1918 in the Bulletin of the School Oriental and African Studies and reads "to a people...who...believe in genii, ghosts, goblins, and those terrific things that 'go bump in the night', protective charms are eagerly sought for". Then it appears in the litany of Cornish church in 1926. That made me wonder if the phrase had transferred across to the UK during the years of slave trade although the oldest mention I could find was from an unsigned review of How I know that the dead return, by William Thomas Stead which was published in The Los Angeles Times, Sunday 10th October 1909: No more spook propaganda for me. No books on goblins, long-leggety ghosties, or things that go bump in the night, will find a reader in me. As an aside William Thomas Stead died in 1912 as a passenger on the Titanic.
Specifically in relation to Scotland, things that go bump in the night occurred as an independent phrase from one of the unconnected paragraphs making up the column 'Notes—Mainly Personal', in the Evening Telegraph and Post (Dundee, Angus, Scotland) of Wednesday 17th January 1912. I then got bored having satisfied my shallow level of intrigue!
Anyway, back to the point (although maybe we need a ghost stories thread ) which is to set a theme. As this prayer has stuck with me, that will be the theme or to put that into fly tying terms; to tie a fly which has been named in a way that directly relates to Halloween. That name should be obvious and so for example it might have demon, witch, wizard, faerie, black cat, spell, magic or pumpkin as all or part of the name AND they must be published patterns that can be found in a book or internet search i.e. no making up a pattern and naming it yourself!
- The fly must be a recognised salmon pattern with a name that obviously fits in with Halloween. Other than that there are no restrictions.