Mazed - confused, bewildered, lost, foolish
'Mazed as a coot', 'Mazed as a curlew', 'Mazed as a brush' (old Looe saying found in the Looe Ditty Box booklet, 1924)
'Mazed by the piskies'
If you've lost something; your keys, your pen, or your way on the moor...Or, if you've forgotten what you were going to say or what you went upstairs for... you'll have been MAZED BY THE PISKIES. The only way to cure the piskies' maze is to TURN YOUR POCKETS INSIDE OUT.
Cornwall is a place rich in myth and legend, and the Cornish people are born storytellers. In the past Cornwall's stories would have been told by wandering droll storytellers, sung in ballad form by balladeers and then told by anyone and everyone round the fire on a cold winter's night. Many of these tales have been collected by folklorists and published in newspapers, journals and books over the past two hundred years. Each decade sees the tales retold in songs, plays, and storybooks.
MAZED reimagines the droll tales for the digital age.
The tales on the Mazed website are there to be retold - read them or watch the animations a few times and you will be able to tell the tales in your own words.
Creative copyright of each of the unique Mazed tellings belongs to the storyteller.
Mazed story collectors are still searching. If you know a tale please tell us.
Mazed storytellers are still telling, if you would like a visit from Bill Chubb or Nell Sloggett and a storyteller please contact us.
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