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July 2002 Issue
The Geographical Review
July 2002, Vol. 92 (3), pp. 319-332
HAZARDS IN THE BOG - REAL AND IMAGINED
Keywords: bogs, environmental perception, geographical lore.
A rich body of geographical lore, much of it related to real or imaginary hazards, characterizes perceptions of bog landscapes. Bog bursts, will-o-the-wisps, carnivorous plants, weird creatures, and perceptions of the "bottomless" bog all play a part in the folklore of the landscapes. Ambiguity about the features of the bog landscape is further heightened by the descriptive terminology employed by tale tellers, who present to us a world inhabited by meanings that go beyond the physical environment and touch on the primordial inner landscape.