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sian, west wales Folklore: Nos Galan Gaeaf: A Welsh Hallowe'en (12) RE: Folklore: Nos Galan Gaeaf: A Welsh Hallowe'en 29 Oct 10

Ann, "Welsh Folk Customs" (Trefor Owen) has two.

Adref, adref am y cynta', Hwch Ddu Gwta a gipio'r ola'.
(Home, home, let each try to be first and may the Tail-less Black Sow take the hindmost)

Hwch Ddu Gwta a Ladi Wen heb ddim pen
Hwch Ddu Gwta a gipio'r ola'
Hwch Ddu Gwta nos G'langaea
Lladron yn dwad tan weu sana.

(A tail-less Black Sow and a White Lady/ghost without a head, May the tail-less Black Sow snatch the hindmost. A tail-less Black Sow on Winter's Eve, Thieves coming along knitting stockings.)

I see from the chapter on Winter's Eve that I should be getting my Wassail bowl and my puzzle jug dusted off. Not just for Christmas, I guess!


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