Social Science

The Folklore and Ghost Stories of Wales - A Historical Article on the Myths and Legends of Wales

Author: Marie Trevelyan

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 40

View: 156

This book contains classic material dating back to the 1900s and before. The content has been carefully selected for its interest and relevance to a modern audience. Carefully selecting the best articles from our collection we have compiled a series of historical and informative publications on the subject of Welsh history. The titles in this range include "A History of Religion in Wales" "The Romans in Wales" "A Guide to the Welsh Language" and many more. Each publication has been professionally curated and includes all details on the original source material. This particular instalment, "The Folklore and Ghost Stories of Wales" contains information on the legends and mythology of Wales. Intended to illustrate the main features of Welsh folklore it is a comprehensive guide for anyone wishing to enjoy the tales and understand them in their historical context. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
History

Folklore of Wales

Author: Anne Ross

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 160

View: 464

Wales is a Celtic country and the Celts have always treasured oral learning and recitation. Indeed they have a passion for committing facts to memory rather than relying on the written word. So it is no surprise, as we can see from Anne Ross's study, that Welsh folklore and story-telling is so rich and varied. In addition to examining the part played by the medieval church in this oral tradition, individual chapters cover legends associated with place-names; calendar customs; giants and monsters; omens and second sight; witches, ghosts and faries; supernatural birds and animals; folk healing and herbal remedies. The landscape is studded with the remains of ancient monuments, which are seen as the creation of gods and heroes. Every lake had its legend, whether it be inhabited by a grim, monstrous afanc, or by a beautiful, enchanted maiden, or maybe harbours a drowned settlement where the bell still tolls to warm of approaching storms. Giants stalk the land, while faries can be dangerous, hostile and demanding propitiation. Omens of potential marriage partners were avidly sought by girls, while ghostly death-lights - corpse candles - could be seen moving relentlessly towards the person who was doomed to death. A whole world of the past is to be found in this rich treasure house of inherited lore.
Social Science

Welsh Mythology and Folklore in Popular Culture

Author: Audrey L. Becker

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 234

View: 563

Examining how we interpret Welshness today, this volume brings together fourteen essays covering a full range of representations of Welsh mythology, folklore, and ritual in popular culture. Topics covered include the twentieth-century fantasy fiction of Evangeline Walton, the Welsh presence in the films of Walt Disney, Welshness in folk music, video games, and postmodern literature. Together, these interdisciplinary essays explore the ways that Welsh motifs have proliferated in this age of cultural cross-pollination, spreading worldwide the myths of one small British nation.
History

Welsh Legends and Myths

Author: Graham Watkins

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 294

View: 529

A mythology collection of eighty Welsh Legends and Myths, gathered from across Wales. The Welsh, like other Celtic races, love a good story. From the time of the Mabinogion and the Black Book of Carmarthen welsh folk have passed dark winter nights in front of roaring fires and entertained with mythical stories. Welsh Legends and Myths is a compendium of traditional myths, Welsh fables, Welsh fairy tales and real stories. Like other Celtic Mythology many of the myths and legends told here are based on factual events. While some have mythical roots, all are entertaining.
Body, Mind & Spirit

Haunted Wales

Author: Richard Holland

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN:

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 224

View: 911

‘More ghosts and goblins I think were prevalent in Wales than in England or any other country.’ So wrote researcher William Howells way back in 1831 – and the author of this compelling collection believes he was right. Wales is a fearfully haunted place. It abounds in castles and mansions, ancient churches, lonely lanes and crossroads, even bare mountainsides which can lay claim to a resident spook or two. For the first time, this haunted heritage has been explored in depth. Richard Holland has carried out a careful study of original sources, delving into old books, journals, Eisteddfod transactions and unpublished essays. His research has revealed insights into Welsh folklore and resurrected ghost stories which have long been forgotten. The ghosts of Wales are of great age, their manners and appearance hinting at beliefs older than the oldest books. They are bold and memorable, striking in appearance, forceful in character, often terrifying and sometimes even dangerous. Prepare for a fascinating county-by-county tour of hundreds of ghostly encounters from one of the most haunted countries in the world.
Social Science

Quaint Old Customs Of Wales (Folklore History Series)

Author: Wirt Sikes

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 94

View: 546

Numberless customs in Wales which appear to be meaningless, to people of average culture, are in truth replete with meaning. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900's and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Welsh Folk-Lore

Author: Elias Owen

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 324

View: 854

Welsh Folk-lore is almost inexhaustible, and in these pages the writer treats of only one branch of popular superstitions. Ancient customs are herein only incidentally referred to, but they are very interesting, and worthy of a full description. Superstitions associated with particular days and seasons are also omitted.
Celts

Celtic Folklore Welsh and Manx

Author: John Rhys

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN:

Category: Celts

Page:

View: 531

TOWARDS the close of the seventies I began to collect Welsh folklore. I did so partly because others had set the example elsewhere, and partly in order to see whether Wales could boast of any story-tellers of the kind that delight the readers of Campbell'sPopular Tales of the West Highlands. I soon found what I was not wholly unprepared for, that as a rule I could not get a single story of any length from the mouths of any of my fellow countrymen, but a considerable number of bits of stories. In some instances these were so scrappy that it took me years to discover how to fit them into their proper context; but, speaking generally, I may say, that, as the materials, such as they were, accumulated, my initial difficulties disappeared. I was, however, always a little afraid of refreshing my memory with the legends of other lands lest I should read into those of my own, ideas possibly foreign to them. While one is busy collecting, it is safest probably not to be too much engaged in comparison: when the work of collecting is done that of comparing may begin. But. after all I have not attempted to proceed very far in that direction, only just far enough to find elucidation here and there for the meaning of items of folklore brought under my notice. To have gone further would have involved me in excursions hopelessly beyond the limits of my undertaking, for comparative folklore has lately assumed such dimensions, that it seems best to leave it to those who make it their special study.
Social Science

Folklore and Myth in the Mabinogion - A Lecture Delivered at the National Museum of Wales on 27 October 1950

Author: W. J. Gruffydd

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 32

View: 696

This early work by W. J. Gruffydd was originally published in 1950 and we are now republishing it for the modern reader. 'Folklore and Myth in the Mabinogion' is a transcript of a lecture delivered at the National Museum of Wales. This is highly recommended for anyone with an interest in Welsh mythology.
Social Science

Welsh Cave Legends (Folklore History Series)

Author: John Rhys

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 46

View: 241

This fascinating book looks at the myths and superstitions connected with the Welsh landscape. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900's and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Social Science

British Goblins: Welsh Folklore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions

Author: W. Sikes

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 422

View: 418

With regard to other divisions of the field of folklore, the views of scholars differ, but in the realm of faerie these differences are reconciled; it is agreed that fairy tales are relics of the ancient mythology; and the philosophers stroll hand in hand harmoniously. This is as it should be, in a realm about which cluster such delightful memories of the most poetic period of life-childhood, before scepticism has crept in as ignorance slinks out. The knowledge which introduced scepticism is infinitely more valuable than the faith it displaced; but, in spite of that, there be few among us who have not felt evanescent regrets for the displacement by the foi scientifique of the old faith in fairies. There was something so peculiarly fascinating in that old belief, that "once upon a time" the world was less practical in its facts than now, less commonplace and humdrum, less subject to the inexorable laws of gravitation, optics, and the like. What dramas it has yielded! What poems, what dreams, what delights!
Social Science

Welsh Cave Legends (Folklore History Series)

Author: John Rhys

Publisher: Pierides Press

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 46

View: 190

This fascinating book looks at the myths and superstitions connected with the Welsh landscape. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900's and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.