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Welsh Folk Lore

Menyg Y Tylwyth Teg Or Fairy Gloves
The Fox Glove is so called, but in Dr. Owen Pughe's d...

Tymawr Ghost Bryneglwys
This Ghost plagued the servants, pinched and tormente...

Satan And Bell Ringing
Durand, according to Bourne, in his Antiquities of th...

The Fairies And Their Chest Of Gold
The following tale I obtained from the Rev. Owen Jone...

Denbighshire Version Of A Fairy Mother And Human Midwife
The following story I received from the lips of David...

Fairy Riches And Gifts
The riches of the Fairies are often mentioned by the ...

A Charm For The Shingles
This custom (charming for the shingles) was more prev...

Fairy Treasures Seen By A Man Near Ogwen Lake
Another tale, similar to the preceding one, is told b...

Charms Performed With Snake's Skin
1. Burn the skin and preserve the ashes. A little s...

Stories Of Satan Ghosts Etc
Although Max Muller, in Chips from a German Workshop,...





Category: BIRDS AND BEASTS.





Luck Comes With A Strange Swarm
It is considered very lucky indeed to find that a strange swarm of bees has arrived in the garden, or tree, belonging to a cottager. The advent of the bees is joyfully welcomed, and the conversation of the neighbours on such an occ...

The Day Of Swarming
Sunday is the favourite day for bee swarming. Country people say, when looking at their bees clustering outside the hive, and dangling like a rope from it, Oh, they won't swarm until next Sunday, and it is true that they are often ...

Crickets
It is lucky to have crickets in a house, and to kill one is sure to bring bad luck after it. If they are very numerous in a house, it is a sign that peace and plenty reign there. The bakehouse in which their merry chirp is heard i...

Birds Flocking In Early Autumn
When birds gather themselves together and form flocks in the early days of autumn, it is thought to foretell an early and severe winter. On the other hand, should they separate in early spring, and again congregate in flocks, this...

Crane
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 weather. This bird is said to be thin when the moon wanes, and fat at the waxing of th...

Ass
The stripe over the shoulders of the ass is said to have been made by our Lord when He rode into Jerusalem on an ass, and ever since the mark remains. It was thought that the milk of an ass could cure the decay, or consumption. ...

The Bee
The little busy bee has been from times of old an object of admiration and superstition. It is thought that they are sufficiently sensitive to feel a slight, and sufficiently vindictive to resent one, and as they are too valuable t...

Horse
A white horse figures in the superstition of school children. When the writer was a lad in school at Llanidloes, it was believed that if a white horse were met in the morning it was considered lucky, and should the boy who first sa...

The Snake Serpent
The snake was supposed to be able to understand what men said. A tale was told me by an aged man at Penrhos, Montgomeryshire, of an event which took place in the last century. His father, he said, saw a number of snakes, or nether...

A Swarm Entering A House
Should a swarm enter a house, it was considered unlucky, and usually it was a sign of death to someone living in that house. The culture of bees was once more common than it is, and therefore they were much observed, and consequen...