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Welsh Folk Lore

Fairy Pipes
Cetyn y Tylwyth Teg, or Fairy Pipes, are small clay p...

Gwyddelwern Version
The following tale was told by Mr. Evan Roberts, Ffri...

Ducks
When ducks sportively chase each other through the wa...

The Swift
This bird's motions are looked upon as weather signs....

Woodpecker
The woodpecker's screech was a sign of rain. This bi...

Testing A Lover's Love By Cracking Of Nuts
This divination is common to many countries, but the ...

The Pwka Or Pwca
Another imaginary being, closely allied to the Fairy ...

The Apple Pip Trial Of Lovers
The fair lady takes as many pips as she has lovers, a...

Clefyd Yr Ede Wlan Or Yarn Sickness
About twenty years ago, when the writer was curate of...

The Myddvai Legend
A widow, who had an only son, was obliged, in consequ...





Category: STORIES OF SATAN, GHOSTS, ETC.





Charm For Rheumatism
Carry a potato in your pocket, and when one is finished, supply its place with another. ...

Satan Snatching A Man Up Into The Air
It would appear that poor Bob was doomed to a sad end. His last exploit is thus given:-- Wrth fyned adre o chware cardia, ar Bont Maesgwyn gwelai Robert Llwyd Hari gylch crwn o dan; bu agos iddo droi yn ol, cymerodd galon eilwait...

A Witch Who Was Refused A Goose And Her Revenge
A witch called at a farm when they were feathering geese for sale, and she begged much for one. She was refused, but it would have been better, according to the tale, had her request been granted, for they could not afterwards rear...

Charm Against Foot And Mouth Disease
The cattle on a certain farm in Llansilin parish suffered from the above complaint, and old Mr. H--- consulted a conjuror, who gave him a written charm which he was directed to place on the horns of the cattle, and he was told this ...

Tymawr Ghost Bryneglwys
This Ghost plagued the servants, pinched and tormented them, and they could not get rest day nor night; such was the character of this Ghost as told me by Mr. Richard Jones, Ty'n-y-wern. But, said I, what was the cause of his acts,...

A Spirit In Llangerniew Church_ _denbighshire
There was a tradition in this parish that on All-Hallows' Eve a Spirit announced from the altar the names of those who were doomed to die in the coming year. The Spirit was locally called Angelystor. Those who were anxious to know...

Caellwyngrydd Spirit
This was a dangerous Spirit. People passing along the road were stoned by it; its work was always mischievous and hurtful. At last it was exorcised and sent far away to the Red Sea, but it was permitted to return the length of a b...

A Man Carried Away By The Evil One
W. E., of Ll--- M---, was a very bad man; he was a brawler, a fighter, a drunkard. He is said to have spat in the parson's face, and to have struck him, and beaten the parish clerk who interfered. It was believed that he had sold ...

Charms For Warts
1. Drop a pin into a holy well and your warts will disappear, but should anyone take the pin out of the well, the warts you have lost will grow on his fingers. 2. Rub the warts with the inside of a bean pod, and then throw the p...

Spirit Laying
It must have been a consolation to those who believed in the power of wicked Spirits to trouble people, that it was possible to lay these evil visitors in a pool of water, or to drive them away to the Red Sea, or to some other dista...