The Washing Test

: Welsh Folk-lore

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 article which was being washed. She went on her knees and

commenced striking the stocking, saying the while:--

Am gyd-fydio i gyd-ffatio.

We'll live together to strike together.

It was thought that her future husband would then appear, take hold of

the other piece of wood, and join her in her work; should the wraith

appear, a marriage within six months followed.