Snake Rings Or Glain Nadroedd


Mention is made in Camden of snake rings. Omitting certain remarks not

connected with the matter directly, he writes:--In some parts of Wales

we find it a common opinion of the vulgar that about Midsummer Eve

(though in the time they do not all agree) 'tis usual for snakes to meet

in companies, and that by joyning heads together and hissing, a kind of

Bubble is form'd like a ring about the head of one of them, which the

> rest by continual hissing, blow on till it comes off at the tail, and

then it immediately hardens, and resembles a glass ring; which whoever

finds (as some old women and children are persuaded) shall prosper in all

his undertakings. The above quotation is in Gibson's additions to

Camden, and it correctly states the popular opinion. Many of these rings

formerly existed, and they seemed to be simply glass rings. They were

thought to possess many healing virtues, as, for instance, it could cure

wens and whooping cough, and I believe I have heard it said that it could

cure the bite of a mad dog.