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Welsh Folk Lore

Witches Transforming Themselves Into Cats
One of the forms that witches were supposed to change...

The Powis Castle Ghost Revealing A Hidden Box To A Woman
The following is the narrative:--It had been for some...

Charm For Removing A Stye From The Eye
Take an ordinary knitting needle, and pass it back an...

Men Captured By Fairies
In the preceding legends, we have accounts of men cap...

Satan Appearing As A Lovely Maiden
The following story I received from the Rev. Owen Jon...

A Witch Shot When In The Form Of A Hare
The following tale was told me by the Rev. R. Jones, ...

Hairs Of A Lover Found Under A Holly Tree
This test is to be carried out on All Hallow Eve. Th...

Flying Serpents
The traditional origin of these imaginary creatures w...

Music And Bird Singing Heard Before Death
The writer, both in Denbighshire and Carnarvonshire, ...

Satan Appearing To A Collier
John Roberts of Colliers' Row, Cyfartha, Merthyr, was...





Category: DEATH PORTENTS.





Missing A Butt
Should a farmer in sowing wheat, or other kind of corn, or potatoes, or turnips, miss a row or butt, it was a token of death. ...

A Raven's Croaking
A raven croaking hoarsely as it flew through the air became the angel of death to some person over whose house it flew. It was a bird of ill omen. ...

The Corpse Bird Or Deryn Corph
This was a bird that came flapping its wings against the window of the room in which lay a sick person, and this visit was considered a certain omen of that person's death. The bird not only fluttered about the lighted window, but ...

The Owl
This bird's dismal and persistent screeching near an abode also foretold the death of an inmate of that house. ...

Goose Or Hen Laying A Small Egg
This event also was thought to be a very bad omen, if not a sign of death. ...

Thirteen At A Table
Should thirteen sit at a table it was believed that the first to leave would be buried within the year. ...

Another Tale Of A Doctor
I received the following tale from the Rev. Philip Edwards, formerly curate at Selattyn, near Oswestry:-- There was, or perhaps is--for my informant says he believes the lady is still alive--in a place called Swyddffynnon, Cardiga...

Hen Laying Two Eggs In The Same Day
Should a hen lay two eggs in the same day, it was considered a sign of death. I have been told that a hen belonging to a person who lived in Henllan, near Denbigh, laid an egg early in the morning, and another about seven o'clock p...

Cyhyraeth Death Sound
This was thought to be a sound made by a crying spirit. It was plaintive, yet loud and terrible. It made the hair stand on end and the blood become cold; and a whole neighbourhood became depressed whenever the awful sound was hear...

A Cock Crowing In The Night
This, too, was thought to foretell a death, but whose death, depended on the direction of the bird's head whilst crowing. As soon as the crowing was heard someone went to ascertain the position of the cock's head, and when it was s...