Here is another new issue of folklore stamps, which might be of interest to Fortean Philatelists, of which there are quite a few. The Isle of Man, midway between England, Scotland and Ireland, has a rich heritage of traditional lore from its Celtic and Viking history. The description of the six stamps, is taken from the Manx Post Office publicity information.
Celebrating the mheillea [1st class stamp] is typically found elsewhere, but on the Isle of Man it can be traced back to the goddess Luan - the spirit of the corn. Its meaning has changed over time, but many associate the word with the last sheaf to be cut, decorated with ribbons and presented to the Queen of the Mheillea; or the baban ny mheillea (doll of the harvest) which sat on the farmhouse kitchen chimney-piece. In recent times the word mheillea has become associated with a harvest supper and auction of produce.
Due for release on the 8th October, the total price of these is £7.66, which seems a bit steep to me. If you should be inclined to do so, you may pre-order them here: https://www.iompost.com/stamps-coins/collection/manx-folk-traditions-/manx-folk-traditions-set-and-sheet-set-/
- P.S: We are, of course, sorry to see that there is no reference to Gef the Mongoose in this set. Perhaps the postal authorities are keeping that in hand for a forthcoming special issue!