A Cursed Horse, Witches in Welsh folklore and mythology, a tale from Llanbrynmair Wales
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Category: Witches
Sub Category: Birds and Beasts
Title: A Cursed Horse


Pedws Ffoulk, a supposed witch, was going through a field where people were employed at work and just as she came opposite the horse it fell down, as if it were dead.  The workmen ran to the horse to ascertain what was the matter with it, but Pedws went along, not heeding what had occurred.  This unfeeling conduct on her part roused the suspicion of the men and they came to the conclusion that the old woman had witched the horse, thus being the cause of its illness.  They therefore determined to run after the woman and bring her back to undo her own evil work.  Off they rushed after her and forced her back to the field, where the horse was still lying on the ground.  They there compelled the old creature to say, standing over the horse, these words, “Duw arno fo” (God be with him).  This she did, and then she was allowed to go on her way.  By and by the horse revived and got upon his feet. He looked as well as ever, but this, it was thought, would not have been the case had not the witch undone her own curse.|In Anglesey, as I was informed by my brother, the late Rev. Elijah Owen, Vicar of Llangoed, it was believed that witches made void their own curses of animals by saying over them “Rhad Duw ar y da” (The Blessing of God be on the cattle).


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