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Welsh Folk Lore - Death Portents.

Another Tale Of A Doctor
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The Corpse Bird Or Deryn Corph
This was a bird that came flapping its wings against the wi...

A Crowing Hen
This bird, too, is supposed to indicate the death of an inm...

A Cock Crowing In The Night
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The Corpse Candle--canwyll Corph
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Tale Of A Corpse Candle
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Spectral Funerals Or Drychiolaeth
This was a kind of shadowy funeral which foretold the real ...

Cyhyraeth Death Sound
This was thought to be a sound made by a crying spirit. It...

Lledrith Spectre Of A Person
This apparition of a friend has in the Scotch wraith, or Ir...

Tolaethdeath Rapping Or Knocking
The death rappings are said to be heard in carpenters' work...

A Raven's Croaking
A raven croaking hoarsely as it flew through the air became...

The Owl
This bird's dismal and persistent screeching near an abode ...

A Solitary Crow
The cawing of a solitary crow on a tree near a house indica...

The Dog's Howl
A dog howling on the doorsteps or at the entrance of a hous...

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

Stopping Of A Clock
The unaccountable stopping of the kitchen clock generally c...

_ Goose Flying Over A House
This unusual occurrence prognosticated a death in that hous...

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

Hen Laying Two Eggs In The Same Day
Should a hen lay two eggs in the same day, it was considere...

Thirteen At A Table
Should thirteen sit at a table it was believed that the fir...

Heather
Should any person bring heather into a house, he brought de...

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



Tolaethdeath Rapping Or Knocking






Category: DEATH PORTENTS.

The death rappings are said to be heard in carpenters' workshops, and
that they resembled the noise made by a carpenter when engaged in
coffin-making. A respectable miner's wife told me that a female friend
told her, she had often heard this noise in a carpenter's shop close by
her abode, and that one Sunday evening this friend came and told her that
the Tolaeth was at work then, and if she would come with her she should
hear it. She complied, and there she heard this peculiar sound, and was
thoroughly frightened. There was no one in the shop at the time, the
carpenter and his wife being in chapel. Sometimes this noise was heard
by the person who was to die, but generally by his neighbours. The
sounds were heard in houses even, and when this was the case the noise
resembled the noise made as the shroud is being nailed to the coffin.





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