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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...

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 entered the kitchen to perform this work for the young
woman, and also it is affirmed that a coffin has, ere this, moved along
through the room, a sure prognostication that she was doomed to die
single. Bardd Cwsg mentions this practice.

He writes in the third part of his book, where a devil is accused in the
Parliament of Hell, thus:--Aeth nos Ystwyll ddiweddaf i ymweled a dwy
ferch ieuanc yng Nghymru oedd yn troi crysau, ac yn lle denu'r genethod
i faswedd, yn rhith llanc glandeg, myned ag elor i sobreiddio un; a myned
a thrwst rhyfel at y llall mewn corwynt uffernol.

He went on the night of Epiphany to visit two young girls in Wales,
who were turning shirts, and, instead of enticing them to folly, in the
form of a handsome young man, he took to the one a coffin to sober her,
and to the other he appeared in a hellish whirlwind, with a horrible

Happy, however, is the young woman should the man she loves appear, for
he is to be her husband.

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