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Welsh Folk Lore - Rhamanta, Or Omen Seeking.

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

Rhamanta Or Omen Seeking
Rhamanta was a kind of divination that could be resorted to w...

Coel Ede Wlan Or The Yarn Test
Two young women took a ball of yarn and doubled the threads...

Divination With The Twca Or Knife
The proceeding was as follows:--The party who wished to kno...

The Washing Test
Another well-known and often practised form of divination w...

Troi Crysau Or Clothes Drying Test
Young maidens washed linen after the household had retired,...

Hemp Seed Sowing
A young married woman, a native of Denbighshire, told me th...

Pullet's Egg Divination
Mr. J. Roberts, Plas Einion, Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, told m...

The Candle And Pin Divination
The process is as follows:--A couple of young women meet, a...

Water In Basin Divination
Should young persons wish to know whether their husbands we...

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

The Bible And Key Divination
A key is taken, and placed on the 16th verse of the 1st cha...

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

Gay Describes The Ceremony:--
Two hazel nuts I throw into the flame And to each nu...

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, that this divination is practised in Devonshire on St.
Valentine's Eve, and that the young woman runs round the church
repeating, without stopping, the following lines:--

I sow hempseed, hempseed I sow,
He that loves me best
Come, and after me now.

Sage Gathering.

A young person who went of a night to the garden, and stripped the leaves
of the sage tree, would, as the clock struck twelve, be joined by her
lover. This was to be done on All Hallow Eve.

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