The Clothes Drying Test (Y Prawf Troi Crysau), Divination in Welsh folklore and mythology, a tale from Unknown Wales
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Title: The Clothes Drying Test (Y Prawf Troi Crysau)


Young maidens washed linen after the household had retired and placed the articles by the fire to dry. Then they watched to see who should come at midnight to turn the clothes.  In this case, again, the evil one is said to have entered the kitchen to perform this work for the young woman, and also it is affirmed that a coffin has moved along through the room, a sure prognostication that she was doomed to die single. |Bardd Cwsg mentions this practice. |He writes in the third part of his book, where a devil is accused in the Parliament of Hell, thus:—“Aeth nos Ystwyll ddiweddaf i ymweled a dwy ferch ieuanc yng Nghymru oedd yn troi crysau, ac yn lle denu’r genethod i faswedd, yn rhith llanc glandeg, myned ag elor i sobreiddio un; a myned a thrwst rhyfel at y llall mewn corwynt uffernol.”|“He went on the night of Epiphany to visit two young girls in Wales, who were turning shirts, and, instead of enticing them to folly, in the form of a handsome young man, he took to the one a coffin to sober her, and to the other he appeared in a hellish whirlwind, with a horrible noise.” |Happy, however, is the young woman should the man she loves appear, for he is to be her husband.


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