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Welsh FolkloreBritish Goblins: Welsh Folklore, Fairy Mythology, Legends, and Traditions Wirt Sikes's 1881 tome defines and records Welsh fairy legends as they existed, still vital, alive, not just a mordant mythology but living folklore in that year. Like many texts of the time, it treats the subject mechanically, detailing fairy legends with such care and precision as to leach away a measuyre of the magic. But all the same, there's plenty of magic here: this is the myth that modern fasntasy grows from; and the truth is that it's not to be found elsewhere still alive..

The Customs and Traditions of WalesThe Customs and Traditions of Wales (Pocket Guides) This concise and informative guide looks back to the customs and traditions of a predominantly rural Wales during the nineteenth century - the revelries of the corn harvest; winter nights by the fireside, knitting, telling stories and making rush candles; overcoming poverty and hardship by raising funds at a cwrw bach. Each chapter is complemented by several eye-witness accounts, vivid descriptions of a forgotten way of life. Customs are arranged into four main groups: those centred on the hearth and home, agriculture, community life and the parish church. In this book Trefor M. Owen explores their origins and examines the changes they underwent during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in response to industrialization and the growth of Nonconformity. He also looks briefly at the development of folklore studies and the recorders of folk culture. Welsh Folklore.

Welsh Courting CustomsWelsh Courting Customs Welsh Courting Customs examines the range of traditions and customs which were prevalent in a predominantly rural Wales before the First Wold War, including the practice of courting on the bed, caru ar y gwely, for example, which so fascinated English tourists in the 19th century. The wealth of information gleaned by the author from a variety of sources, including literature, religious publications, oral evidence and actual artefacts, is brought together in a highly readable and yet thorough study of one of the most compelling aspects of Welsh social history.

The Holy Wells of WalesThe Holy Wells of Wales In 1935 an observer counted fourteen rags tied to bushes near a well at the village of Llancarfan, Glamorgan, a well which had the reputation of curing erysipelas, and as late as 1947 a woman `crossed in love', placed an effigy, with pins stuck into it, in an Anglesey well. These are startling proofs of the longevity of the cult of the springs, even in Christian communities, even in the age of science. Rooted in paganism, `converted' to Christian usage, condemned by Protestantism, `explained' by folklorists, rationalized by modern education, the cult has survived and wields an influence over the human mind. Holy Wells have been objects of absorbing interest from time immemorial, and this book, reprinted due to high demand as an attractive paperback, provides a reliable collection of material relating to those of Wales culled from a wide range of published, manuscript and oral sources. In the first part of his work the author stresses the unity of the well-cult, and offers an interpretation of the beliefs and rituals that have survived to our times. The second part is an inventory of individual wells listed alphabetically in counties to facilitate reference. The six maps illustrate the position and main features of the wells, and a select index is also provided. Students will find in this book useful material for interpreting phenomena connected with wells in other lands beyond the boundaries of Wales. It will also be of interest to tourists visiting Wales who chance upon the places mentioned by the author.

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