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The Mabinogion
Welsh mythological prose finds its most enchanting breath in the Mabinogion, a collection of stories about the gods and goddesses of the Celtic Britons. More formally the work is known as the Four Branches of the Mabinogi. Although the full set of tales...
Deities & Heros >> Celtic, Welsh, Irish & Brittish
Gwynn ap Nudd
The Master of the Wild Hunt, the Welsh Guardian of the Dark Portals of the Underworld. He rode the Night in a flowing grey cloak upon a pale horse following his Hounds called Cwn Annwn (very large, white with red tipped ears). They would seek out and collect...
Deities & Heros >> Celtic, Welsh, Irish & Brittish
Arawn
Welsh Lord of Annwn, the underworld and realm of departed spirits. He makes a pact with Pwyll, to exchange places with him for one year, in order that Pwyll might defeat an enemy, King Hafgan. Though Arawn set no conditions upon the exchange, when the pact...
Deities & Heros >> Celtic, Welsh, Irish & Brittish
Gwydion and the Battle of the Trees
One of the common themes in Welsh mythology involves raids into the Underworld. This nether land realm is called by different sources Annwn, Achren, Caer Sidi, or by modern English references: Hades or the Otherworld. The images of the Welsh Underworld were...
Deities & Heros >> Celtic, Welsh, Irish & Brittish
King Arthur and the Cymry Heroes
The Celtic Britons called themselves the Cymry, which meant "fellow countrymen" in their Celtic tongue. Once Roman rule ended in Britain in about 410 A.D., a power vacuum developed, leading to the onslaught of Germanic invasions by Angles and Saxons,...
Saga of Times Past >> Legend and Prehistory
Deities & Heros >> Celtic, Welsh, Irish & Brittish
Shapeshifting in Celtic Myth
The theme of shapeshifting is found in Celtic myth regardless of the specific country one invesigates. Thoughout my studies of Celtic lore I have found that there were very specific reasons or circumstances for shapeshifting. These reasons fall into at least...
Saga of Times Past >> Legend and Prehistory

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Holiday scams: the dangers and how to avoid them
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Visiting Vet: Howling
In Wales, it's the ghostly “hounds of King Annwn” who are said to escort the dead. The Irish say that earthly dogs howl because, unlike us, they can hear the spectral hounds leading riders through the sky to collect the souls of the dying.
The Mabinogion: Wales' monsters and mythical beasts
There are also the Hounds of Annwn, which are first encountered by Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed, in The First Branch of The Mabinogion. The dogs, which belong to the lord of the other world, Arawn, are depicted as "gleaming, shining with their ears red".

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