Category: BIRDS AND BEASTS.
The raven has ever enjoyed a notoriously bad name as a bird of ill-omen.
He was one of those birds which the Jews were to have in abomination
(Lev., xi., 5-13).
But other nations besides the Jews dreaded the raven.
Cows Kneeling on Christmas Morn.
In the upland parishes of Wales, particularly those in Montgomeryshire,
it was said, and that not so long ago, that cows knelt at midnight on
Christmas eve, to adore the infant Saviour. This has...
The joy with which the first swallow is welcomed is almost if not quite
equal to the welcome given to the cuckoo. One swallow does not make a
summer is an old saw.
There is a superstition connected with the swallow that is common...
Pigs used to be credited with the power of seeing the wind. Devils were
fond of assuming the form of, or entering into, pigs. Pigs littered in
February could not be reared. This I was told by a native of
The peacock's shrill note is a sign of rain. Its call is supposed to
resemble the word gwlaw, the Welsh for rain.
The crane is often mistaken for the heron. When the crane flies against
the stream, she asks for rain, when with the stream she asks for fair
This bird is said to be thin when the moon wanes, and fat at the waxing
When ducks sportively chase each other through the water, and flap their
wings and dive about, in evident enjoyment of their pastime, it is a sign
that rain is not far off.
It was believed that hedgehogs sucked cows, and so firmly were the people
convinced of this fact, that this useful little animal was doomed to
death, and I have seen in many Churchwardens' accounts entries to the
effect that they ha...
It was believed that stolen bees would not make honey, and that the hive
which had been stolen would die.
Music And Bird Singing Heard Before Death
The writer, both in Denbighshire and Carnarvonshire, was told that the
dying have stated that they heard sweet voices singing in the air, and
they called the attention of the watchers to the angelic sounds, and
requested perfect sti...