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Welsh Folk Lore

Pentrevoelas Squire Griffith's Ghost
A couple of workmen engaged at Foelas, the seat of th...

Robin Redbreast
Ill luck is thought to follow the killer of dear Robi...

Tale Of A Corpse Candle
My informant told me that one John Roberts, Felin-y-W...

Hare
Caesar, bk. v., ch. xii., states that the Celts do no...

The Fairy Cow
There are many traditions afloat about a wonderful co...

Missing A Butt
Should a farmer in sowing wheat, or other kind of cor...

Death Watch
This is a sound, like the ticking of a watch, made by...

Charm For Cocks About To Fight
The charm consisted of a verse taken from the Bible, ...

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

Fairy Visits To Human Abodes
Old people often told their children and servant girl...





Category: RHAMANTA, OR OMEN SEEKING.





Testing A Lover's Love By Cracking Of Nuts
This divination is common to many countries, but the writer knows that it is resorted to on All Hallows Eve in Denbighshire by young ladies, partly, it may be in fun, and partly in earnest. The plan of proceeding is as follows:--Nu...

Gay Describes The Ceremony:--
Two hazel nuts I throw into the flame And to each nut I give a sweetheart's name; This with the loudest bounce me sore amazed, That in a flame of brightest-colour blazed; As blazed the nut, so may thy passions gro...

Hemp Seed Sowing
A young married woman, a native of Denbighshire, told me that if a young woman sowed hemp seed, the figure of her lover would appear and follow her. This was to be done by night on Hallow Eve. I find from English Folk-Lore, p. 15,...

Coel Ede Wlan Or The Yarn Test
Two young women took a ball of yarn and doubled the threads, and then tied tiny pieces of wood along these threads so as to form a miniature ladder. Then they went upstairs together, and opening the window threw this artificial lad...

Hairs Of A Lover Found Under A Holly Tree
This test is to be carried out on All Hallow Eve. The young person walks backwards to a holly tree, takes a handful of grass from underneath it, and then carries the leaves to the light, and she then sees among the grass several ha...

Clefyd Yr Ede Wlan Or Yarn Sickness
About twenty years ago, when the writer was curate of Llanwnog, Montgomeryshire, a young Welsh married woman came to reside in the parish suffering from what appeared to be that fell disease, consumption. He visited her in her illn...

Water In Basin Divination
Should young persons wish to know whether their husbands were to be bachelors, or their wives spinsters, the following test was to be resorted to:-- Three persons were necessary to carry out the test. These three young ladies we...

The Washing Test
Another well-known and often practised form of divination was for a young woman to take an article to wash, such as a stocking, to the water-spout or pistyll, and with her she carried two pieces of wood wherewith to strike the artic...

Troi Crysau Or Clothes Drying Test
Young maidens washed linen after the household had retired, and placed the articles by the fire to dry, and then watched to see who should come at midnight to turn the clothes. In this case, again, the evil one is said to have ente...

The Bible And Key Divination
A key is taken, and placed on the 16th verse of the 1st chapter of Ruth:--And Ruth said, intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee; for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest I will lodge; t...