Divination with the Twca or Knife, Divination in Welsh folklore and mythology, a tale from Unknown Wales
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The party who wished to know whom he or she was to marry went to the church secretly and walked around it seven times, repeating the while these words:—| “Dyma’r Twca, Lle mae’r wain?”| “Here’s the knife, Where’s the sheath?”| It was thought that the spirit of his or her life partner would appear to the person who held the knife, with the sheath in his or her hand, and that it would be found that the one fitted the other exactly.  Women who resorted to this test said that if the person was to become a wife, her lover would certainly appear to her; if she was to die an old maid then a coffin would meet her.  The superstition is mentioned in Bardd Cwsg—| “Fe glywai rhai yn son am fyned i droi o gwmpas yr Eglwys i weled eu cariadau, a pheth a wnaeth y catffwl ond ymddangos i’r ynfydion yn ei lun ei hun.”  That is in English:—| “I heard some persons talking of going round the church to see their sweethearts, but what did the stupid one (the devil) do, but appear to the foolish things in his own person.”


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