The Washing Test, Divination in Welsh folklore and mythology, a tale from Unknown Wales
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Title: The Washing Test


Another well-known and often practised form of divination was for a young woman to take an article to wash, such as a stocking, to the water-spout or pistyll, and with her she carried two pieces of wood which she used to strike the article which was being washed.  She went on her knees and commenced striking the stocking, saying the while:—| “Am gyd-fydio i gyd-ffatio.”| “We’ll live together to strike together.”| It was thought that her future husband would then appear, take hold of the other piece of wood and join her in her work; should the wraith appear, a marriage within six months followed.


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