Wishing Wells in folklore

In European folklore a wishing well is a term that is used for a well that is believed to have the power to grant any wishes. These wishes may be spoken or expressed in another way such as mentally, or in writing, or a by using a symbol or votive offering of some kind.  This work briefly discusses the evolution of wishing wells from the past to modern times.

The residence of divinities

In ancient times Celtic and other cultures often believed natural springs and wells were sacred places. In those days a permanent supply of drinking water could be difficult to find so when a source of pure, clean drinking water was found it would be come a place that people visited for necessity. Water being an essential commodity for the subsistence of life the ancients believed divinities or spirits resided in such springs, or that they were the doorway to the underworld.   Read more …

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