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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Baleful Storm Spirits - British Goblins CT033


Baleful Storm Spirits

British Goblins: Welsh Folk Lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions (1881)

Book 4 Chapter 5

by

Wirt Sikes

Baleful Storm Spirits, is all about the spirits of thunder and lightning, hidden treasure and the dragons of Wales. Sikes tells us the story of the Red Lady of Paviland caves and the Treasure Chest under Moel Arthur, the Cavern of the Ravens and the origin of the Red Dragon of Wales.

Running Order:

  • Baleful Storm Spirits 1:48
  • The Shower at the Magic Fountain 2:31
  • Obstacles in the Way of Treasure-Seekers 4:03
  • The Red Lady of Paviland 4:46
  • The Fall of Coychurch Tower 5:23
  • Thunder and Lightning evoked by Digging 6:21
  • The Treasure Chest under Moel Arthur in the Vale of Clwyd 7:32
  • Modern Credulity 8:36
  • The Cavern of the Ravens 10:36
  • The Eagle-guarded Coffer of Castell Coch 12:03
  • Sleeping Warriors as Treasure-Guarders 15:38
  • The Dragon which St. Samson drove out of Wales 16:52
  • Dragons in the Mabinogion 17:48
  • Whence came the Red Dragon of Wales? 18:14
  • The Original Dragon of Mythology 19:41
  • Prototypes of Welsh Caverns and Treasure-Hills 20:27
  • The Goblins of Electricity 21:42

 

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 pronounciations right for you.

Paviland
Coychurch Tower
Moel Arthur
Vale of Clwyd
Castell Coch
St. Samson
Sir Kai
Arthur
Sir Owain
Dr. Buckland
Constantine
St. Crallo
Caerau, Cardiganshire
Crochan aur
Herald Cymraeg
Pant-y-Saer crmlech, Anglesea
John Jones, Llandudno
Isaac JonesGiraldus
Kemeys
Pembrokeshire
St. Bernacus
Glamorganshire
Ogof Cigfrain
Peidiwch!
Lord Bute
Nantyglyn
Yehain Banog
Hu gadarn
Draig
Owen Lawgoch
Mynydd Mawr, Carmarthenshire
Craig-y-Ddinas
Caerleon, Monmouthshire
Hesperides
Payshtha-more
O'Rourke
Cadwaladr
Thomas Stephens
Merddin
Nennius
Geoffrey
Mr. Conway
Vortigern

The Red Dragon of Wales

The Red Dragon of Wales


Taliesin
Gwion Bach
Satanas
Klakkr
clû
Odin
Prince Ahmed
Poseidon

 

British Goblins can be found on Archive.org

You can find out more about Wirt Sikes on Wikipedia.

Try the Celtic Myth Podshow for the Tales and Stories of the Ancient Celts at http://celticmythpodshow.com or on Apple Podcasts.

Our theme music is "Gander at the Pratie Hole" by Sláinte.  You can find their music on the Free Music Archive.


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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Early Inscribed Stones - British Goblins CT032


Early Inscribed Stones

British Goblins: Welsh Folk Lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions (1881)

Book 4 Chapter 4

by

Wirt Sikes

Early Inscribed Stones tells us all about famous stones that dance, superstitions about rocking stones, and Cromlechs. Sikes tells us the story of the Sagranus Stone and the White Lady, and how humans can be turned into stone. He finishes by telling us about the fairy legends, and the fairy castle at St. Nicholas.

Running Order:

  • Early Inscribed Stones 1:50
  • The Stone Pillar of Banwan Bryddin, near Neath 3:54
  • Catastrophe accompanying its Removal 5:04
  • The Sagranus Stone and the White Lady 5:52
  • The Dancing Stones of Stackpool 6:39
  • Human Beings changed to Stones 7:17
  • St. Ceyna and the Serpents 9:39
  • The Devil's Stone at Llanarth 11:21
  • Rocking Stones and their accompanying Superstitions 12:59
  • The Suspended Altar of Loin-Garth 13:31
  • Cromlechs and their Fairy Legends 14:53
  • The Fairies' Castle at St. Nicholas, Glamargonshire 15:40
  • The Stone of the Wolf Bitch 17:00
  • The Welsh Melusine 17:32
  • Parc y Bigwrn Cromlech 18:50
  • Connection of these Stones with Ancient Druidism 20:01

 

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 pronounciations right for you.

Banwan Bryddin
Sagranus Stone
St. Ceyna
Llanarth
Loin-Garth
St. Nicholas, Glamargonshire
Melusine (french)
Parc y Bigwrn
Maen Llythyrog
Margam Abbey, Glamorganshire
     'Marci Caritini Filii Bericii'
Lady Mackworth
Rev. Mr. Williams
Tir-y-Cwm
Gnoll Gardens
     'Dur'n catwo ni!'
Cymro or Saeson
Sagranus Stone at St. Dogmell's, Pembrokeshire
Stackpool Warren
Horestone Park
Sais's Fpord
Moelfre Hill, Carnarvonshire
Llandyfrydog, Anglesea
Carreg y Lleidr
Rolldritch (Rhwyldrech?)
Prince Brychan, Breconshire
River Severn
Camden
Bristol
Keynsham
Cornu Ammonis
Llanarth, Aberaeron, Cardignashire
Diawl
Mecca
Pontypridd
Nennius
Loin-garth, Gower
St. Illtyd
Frennifawr

Fairy Frolic at the Cromlech

Fairy Frolic at the Cromlech

Castle Correg
Korreds & korregs
Haute Auvergne
Pirols
fée
Melusina
Gast Rhymhi
     'Ange par la figure, et serpent par la reste'
Pressina
Kilhwch and Olwen
Parc-y-Bigwrn, Llanboidy, Carmarethenshire
John Jones

 

British Goblins can be found on Archive.org

You can find out more about Wirt Sikes on Wikipedia.

Try the Celtic Myth Podshow for the Tales and Stories of the Ancient Celts at http://celticmythpodshow.com or on Apple Podcasts.

Our theme music is "Gander at the Pratie Hole" by Sláinte.  You can find their music on the Free Music Archive.


The next Chapter from Celtic Tomes has been released

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Legendary Welsh Stones - British Goblins CT031


Legendary Welsh Stones

British Goblins: Welsh Folk Lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions (1881)

Book 4 Chapter 3

by

Wirt Sikes

Ancient Welsh stones that could move about by themselves and how the Saxon King Edgar the Peaceable passed a law forbidding Stone Worship. How stones could be linked to water, such as the healing powers of Canna's Chair which only worked after drinking from St. Canna's Well. Sikes also tells us about Talking Stones, Expanding Stones and the Stone of Invisibility which is one of the Thirteen Treasures of Britain.

Running Order:

  • Personal Attributes of Legendary Welsh Stones 1:46
  • Stone Worship 2:43
  • Canna's Stone Chair 3:40
  • Miraculous Removals of Stones 4:45
  • The Walking Stone of Eitheinn 5:32
  • The Thigh Stone 6:26
  • The Talking Stone in Pembrokeshire 7:47
  • The Expanding Stone 9:12
  • Magic Stones in the 'Mabinogion' 10:07
  • The Stone of Invisibility 10:15
  • The Stone of Remembrance 11:29
  • Stone Thief-catchers 12:45
  • Stones of Healing 14:09
  • Stones at Cross-roads 15:40
  • Memorials of King Arthur 17:19
  • Round Tables, Carns, Pots, etc. 17:38
  • Arthur's Quoits 19:14
  • The Gigantic Ross-tossers of Old 19:49
  • Mol Walbec and the Pebble in her Show 20:25
  • The Giant of Trichrug 22:10
  • Giants and the Mythology of the Heavens 23:21
  • The Legend of Rhitta Gawr 24:00

 

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 pronounciations right for you.

Canna
Eitheinn
Mol Walbec
Trichrug
Rhitta Gawr
Edgar the Peacable
Canute
Carmarthenshire
Canna's Stone

Canna's Chair

Saint Canna's Chair

Llangan
Ffynon Canna
Parc y Fontwent
     'Llangan, dyma'r fan'
     (Llangan, here is the spot'
Nennius
Anglesea
Cerevus
Menai
Builth
King Arthur
Cabal
Troynt
Carn Cabal
Giraldus
Maen Morddwyd
Hugh, Earl of Chester
King Henry I
Llechlafar
River Alyn
St. David's Church, Pembrokeshire
St. Gowan's Chapel
Caerleon, Monmouthshire
Ring of Luned
Owen, son of Urien
Ring of Gyges
Rhonabwy
Iddawc
Peredur
Etlym
St. David's, Llanfaes
Mowddwy
St. Tydecho
Maelgwyn Gwynedd
Maenhir
Dysgwylfa
Crumlyn, Monmouthshire
Llanberis
Canrig Bwt
Adrian
Denbighshire
Llanfihangel
Dolwillim
River Tawe
Merlin
River Sawdde
Llangadock
Mynydd Du
Pen Arthur
Cader Idris
Dolgelly
Machynlleth
Castle of Hay
Llowes Churchyard
Hu Gadarn
Cadwaladr
Rhitta Gawr
Brutus
Idris Gawr
Cymry
Côr Gawr
Killara
Cardiganshire
Gwydion
Gwyn, son of Nudd

 

British Goblins can be found on Archive.org

You can find out more about Wirt Sikes on Wikipedia.

Try the Celtic Myth Podshow for the Tales and Stories of the Ancient Celts at http://celticmythpodshow.com or on Apple Podcasts.

Our theme music is "Gander at the Pratie Hole" by Sláinte.  You can find their music on the Free Music Archive.


The next Chapter from Celtic Tomes has been released

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Mystic Wells - British Goblins CT030


Mystic Wells

British Goblins: Welsh Folk Lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions (1881)

Book 4 Chapter 2

by

Wirt Sikes

All about the beheading of St. Winnifred and the mystic well that sprang up where her head fell. How the waters of mystic wells can be either beneficent or malicious - they can cure diseases, mental or physical, as well as curing love-sickness. Sikes also tells us sooe of the stories associated with Barry Island.

Running Order:

  • Their Good and Bad Dispositions 1:46
  • St. Winifred's Well 4:48
  • The Legend of St. Winnifred 6:35
  • Miracles 9:28
  • St. Tecla's Well 11:50
  • St. Dwynwen's 12:44
  • Curing Love Sickness 13:00
  • St. Cynfran's 14:30
  • St. Cynhafal's 15:23
  • Throwing Pins in Wells 15:32
  • Warts 15:36
  • Barry Island and its Legends 17:08
  • Ffynon Gwynwy 20:22
  • Propitiary Gifts to Wells 21:02
  • The Dreadful Cursing Well of St. Elian's 23:09
  • Wells Flowing with Milk 25:34
  • St. Illtyd's 25:50
  • Tafi's Well 28:40
  • Sanford's Well 29:31
  • Origins of Superstitions of this Class 30:48

 

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 pronounciations right for you.

St. Winifred
St. Tecla
St. Cynfran
St. Cynhafal
Barry Island
Ffynon Gwynwy
St. Elian's
St. Illtyd's
Tafi
Sanford
Lourdes, France
Cambria
Ffynon Mair (Well of Mary)
Holywell
Duke of Westminster
Drayton
St. Winifred, or Gwenfrewi
Elerius
Robert of Salop
Cotton MSS.
Caradoc
St. Beino
Lethean
Denbighshire
Gwern Degla
Llandegla
Llandwyn, Anglesea
Dan Cupid
Ffynon Dwynwen (Fountain of Venus)
Iolo MSS.
Seithenhin the Drunkard
Aphrodite
     'Rhad Duw a Chynfran lwydd ar y da!'
     (the grace of God and blessed Cynfran on the cattle)
Brychan
Abergeleu
St. George's Well
Pennant
Mars
Llangynhafal parish, Denbighshire
Gloucestershire
Barry Island, near Cardiff
St. Barruc, or Barri
Lord Windsor
St. Cadoc
Gwalches
Merlin
Camarthen
Etna
Stromboli
Typhonn
Vulcan
Camden
Malkin
Ffynon Gwynwy, near Llangelyniin church, Carnarvonshire
Archaeologia Cambrensis
Pliny
Clitumnus
Cyff-elian
Llanelian, Denbighshire
Penrhos
Gower, near Swansea
John the Baptist
Canute

River Taff
Newton Nottage, Glamorganshire

 

British Goblins can be found on Archive.org

You can find out more about Wirt Sikes on Wikipedia.

Try the Celtic Myth Podshow for the Tales and Stories of the Ancient Celts at http://celticmythpodshow.com or on Apple Podcasts.

Our theme music is "Gander at the Pratie Hole" by Sláinte.  You can find their music on the Free Music Archive.

 


The next Chapter from Celtic Tomes has been released

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Powers of Bells - British Goblins CT029


 

The Powers of Bells

British Goblins: Welsh Folk Lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions (1881)

Book 3 Chapter 6

by

Wirt Sikes

In this chapter, we learn that the sound of Brass bells can break enchantments, how they could exorcise spirits and even foretell storms. Sikes also tells us the story of how a stolen Church Bell was carried home to Wales by a very determined horse.

  • Base of the Primeval Mythology 0:54
  • Bells and their Ghosts 1:36
  • The Bell that committed Murder and was damned for it 3:55
  • The Occult Powers of Bells 7:32
  • Their Work as Detectives, Doctors, etc. 9:43
  • Legend of the Bell of Rhayader 11:24
  • St. Illtyd's Wonderful Bell 14:20
  • The Golden Bell of Llandaff 14:32

  

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.

Rhayader
St. Illtyd
Llandaff
Mississipi
Aberdovey
Crumlyn
Langorse Pool, Breconshire
Trefethin
St. Cadoc
Llewellyn ap Iorweth, Lord of Caerleo
Caerleon, Monmouthshire
Bangu
Llanfair Duffryn Clwyd
Pembrokeshire
St. Paul's
Cromwellian
St. David's
Ramsey Sound
Glamorgan
River Taf
Llantwit Major
King Arthur
St. Oudoceus

 

 

British Goblins can be found on Archive.org

You can find out more about Wirt Sikes on Wikipedia.

Try the Celtic Myth Podshow for the Tales and Stories of the Ancient Celts at http://celticmythpodshow.com or on Apple Podcasts.

Our theme music is "Gander at the Pratie Hole" by Sláinte.  You can find their music on the Free Music Archive.


The next Chapter from Celtic Tomes has been released

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Death and Burial - British Goblins CT028


Wedding Customs

British Goblins: Welsh Folk Lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions (1881)

Book 3 Chapter 7

by

Wirt Sikes

Find out all the customs about food and drinking, especially Beer, by a coffin, how important Salt is, the Sin-Eater (and whether the stories are true or not), the Scapegoat and Welsh funeral possessions. We learn about praying at crossroads where criminals may have been buried. Sikes also tells us about the Grassless Grave and the Parson's Offerings.

  • Death and Burial 1:50
  • The Gwylnos 2:49
  • Beer-Drinking at Welsh Festivals 3:24
  • Food and Drink over the Coffin 3:56
  • Sponge Cakes at Modern Funerals 6:00
  • The Sin-Eater 6:45
  • Welsh Denial that this Custom ever existed 7:48
  • The Testimony concerning it 8:08
  • Plate of Salt on Corpse's Breast 12:07
  • Superstitions regarding Salt 15:05
  • The Scapegoat 17:32
  • The St. Tegla Cock and Hen 18:13
  • Welsh Funeral Processions 19:51
  • Praying at Crossroads 20:29
  • Superstition regarding Criminals' Graves 20:44
  • Hanging and Welsh Prejudice 21:03
  • The Grassless Graves 22:40
  • Parson's Penny, or Offrwm 24:40
  • Old Shows to the Clerk 25:59
  • Arian y Rhaw, or Spade Money 26:32
  • Burials without Coffin 29:06
  • The Sul Coffa 30:07
  • Planting and Strewing Graves with flowers 32:28

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.

 

  • Gwylnos
  • St Tegla
  • Offrwm
  • Arian y Rhaw
  • Sul Coffa
  • Pennant
  • Thomas Myddleton
  • Coranich
  •      'cum mago dolore et clamore cognatorum et propinquorum omnium'
  •      'Claddu y marw ac at y cwrw' (To bury the dead, and to the beer')
  • Cymru Fu
  • Cwrw brwd

 

Giving Food over the Coffin

Pic: Giving Food over the Coffin

 

  • Llancaiach
  • Servis & Humphrey
  • Rev. E. L. Barnwell
  • Malkin
  • John Aubrey
  • Lansdwone Mss.
  • Hereford
  • Rosse
  • 'ipso facto'
  • Dynder (nolens volens)
  • Brecon
  • Llangors
  • Mr. Gwin
  • Bishop White Kennet
  • Amersden, Oxford
  • Ludlow
  • Mr. Matthew Moggridge, Swansea
  • Llandebie
  • Chepstow
  • Mr. Allen, Pembrokeshire
  • Mr. E. A. Freeman
  • Mr. Eugene Schulyer
  • iskatchi
  • Cardiganshire
  • Cardiff
  • Aaron
  • Wrexham & Ruthin, Llandegla
  • Clwyf y Tegla
  • Pater Noster
  • Metellus, conqueror of Macedon
  • Montgomeryshire
  • John Newton
  • Welshpool
  • Defynog, Breconshire
  • Llanrhaiadr-yn-Mochnant
  •       'cyfneseifiaid' (next-of-kin)
  •       'yr hen glochydd'
  •      'cadach deupen
  • Richard Griffith, Trefeglwys
  • Thomas Dinelly
  • Ivan the Harper
  • Williams of Merllyn
  • Richard the Harper
  • Llanfwrog
  • Dafydd y Garreg Wen (David of the White Stone)
  • Toriad y Dydd (the Dawn)
  • Glamorganshire
  • Cymbeline 
  • Milford Haven
  • Fidele


Dafydd y Garreg Wen

Pic: Dafydd y Garreg Wen

British Goblins can be found on Archive.org

You can find out more about Wirt Sikes on Wikipedia.

Try the Celtic Myth Podshow for the Tales and Stories of the Ancient Celts at http://celticmythpodshow.com or on Apple Podcasts.

Our theme music is "Gander at the Pratie Hole" by Sláinte.  You can find their music on the Free Music Archive.


The next Chapter from Celtic Tomes has been released

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Wedding Customs - British Goblins CT027


Wedding Customs

British Goblins: Welsh Folk Lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions (1881)

Book 3 Chapter 6

by

Wirt Sikes

Ancient Wedding Customs of the Welsh, including the custom of bidding for wedding gifts and the importance of the person doing the Bidding! We learn how to steal a Bride away and how to reform a wife who hen-pecks her husband.

  • Wedding Customs 0:54
  • The Bidding 1:36
  • The Gwahoddwr 3:55
  • Forms of Cymmhorth 7:32
  • Horse-Weddings 9:43
  • Stealing of a Bride 11:24
  • Obstructions to the Bridal Party 14:20
  • The Gwyntyn 14:32
  • Chaining 15:10
  • Evergreen Arches 16:56
  • Strewing Flowers 17:45
  • Throwing Rice and Shoes 18:00
  • Rosemary in the Garden 20:22
  • Names after Marriage 23:36
  • The Coolstrin 24:10
  • The Ceffyl Pren 27:49

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.

Cymmhorth
Gwahoddwr
Gwyntyn
Coolstrin
Ceffyl Pren
Pembroke, Cardigan and Carmarthen
Cardiff
Ty'r Bwci
Llanfair ar y Bryn
Owen Gwynt
Elen Morgan
Llewelyn & Margaret Gwynt
Evan Gwyn, Maes y Blodau
Gwladys & Hannah
Mary Bowen, Llwyn y Fedwen, llannon
Rhys Morgan, Castell y Moch
Howel, Gruffydd, & Gwenllian Morgan
Pant y Clacwydd
Llansadwrn
Cwrw da
Nos Blaen
Priodas Cymmhorth
Cyfarfod Cymmhorth
Merry Andrew

The Gwahoddwr

Pic: The Old-Time Gwahoddwr

Carmarthenshire
Glamorganshire
Malkin
'toujours trop tard'
'Les Brigands'

Gwrando, leidr hoyw'r ddafad,
Ai ti sydd yma heddyw'n geidwad?
Ai dyna y rheswmcloi y drysau
Rhag dwyn y wreigan liw dydd goleu

Sketty
Sabines
Apuleius
Sabine Virgins
Rector of Merthyr
Tenby
Herefordshire
Lampeter
Mr. & Mrs. Jones of Glandennis
Roberts of the Dingle
Williams of Pwlldu
Jones of Nevada
John Thomas
Betty Willkiams
Dick Shon
skimitry or skimmington
Clos (breeches)
Breconshire

 

British Goblins can be found on Archive.org

You can find out more about Wirt Sikes on Wikipedia.

Try the Celtic Myth Podshow for the Tales and Stories of the Ancient Celts at http://celticmythpodshow.com or on Apple Podcasts.

Our theme music is "Gander at the Pratie Hole" by Sláinte.  You can find their music on the Free Music Archive.


The next Chapter from Celtic Tomes has been released