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The European Medieval world was populated with all manner of strange and fascinating creatures.  from the wild men of the woods, to the cyclopses of deserted islands, to the Dogheads who lived just over the horizon, the medieval world was filled with wonders.  But what were these creatures?  What role did they play in Medieval European culture?  And how do they still show up in our imaginations today?  In this lecture we will invite these beings from the margins of illuminated manuscripts and  explore their important role in folklore and legend.
About the Presenter:
Ben Stimpson, BA, MBACP (He/They/Them) is an integrative therapist, author, folklorist and teacher currently based in Ontario, Canada.  An internationally accalaimed speaker, he is the author of "Ancestral Whispers: A Guide to Developing Ancestral Veneration Practices" (2023) and hosts the weekly podcast, "Essence with Ben Stimpson."  Ben is passionate about folklore and history, with specific research interests in the folklore of spirits and their connection to landscapes.  He is a graduend of the University of Waterloo holding a BA of Liberal Studies minoring in Classical, Medieval and Religious Studies.  This is Ben's second time joining the Salem Festival of Witchcraft and Folklore, having previously delivered "Embedded in the Land: A Theoretical Approach to Relationship w/ Folklore & Magic."  To discover more about Ben and their work, please visit
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Medieval Monsters with Ben Stimpson

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