Nov 22, 2017
Courtship and Marriage
British Goblins: Welsh Folk Lore, Fairy
Mythology, Legends and Traditions (1881)
Book 3 Chapter 5
Welsh customs of courtship and marriage. Sikes tells us about the Welsh Goddess of Love, later known as St. Dwynwen and how commonplace was the Welsh custom of 'Bundling' or 'courting abed'! We learn about romantic divination and how a Maid may find herself in trouble with the fairies if she is not a 'true maid'. He finishes the chapter by discussing divination by the Knife and the Sheath!
Names Used in this Section
All proper names and words in Welsh or other languages are recorded here in the show-notes and we've done our best to get the pronunciations right for you.
Twca and Sheath
Howell the Good
Dwynwen, daughter of Brychan
St. Dwynwen - Artwork © Jonathon Earl Bowser – www.JonathonArt.com
Caru yn y gwelu (courting abed)
Bundling, or Courting Abed
Y sawl sydd i gydfydio,
Doed i gydgribinio!
'Dyma'r twca, p'le mae'r wain?' (Here's the twca, where's the sheath?)
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