If there is one thing that the Welsh are proud of it’s their tradition and customs. Right from the 18th century, there have been several attempts to abolish the Celtic traditions of the Welsh, to no avail. None of the efforts to stomp out the myths and the traditional values of the Welsh have been successful throughout history, and the story continues to date.
In today’s Wales, the old folklore is still survived by the Welsh around the world. There are over 600,000 Welsh people who continue to speak Welsh, and the numbers are only steadily rising. They are responsible for keeping deficient traditions and folklore alive through the test of time. The Royal National Eisteddfod is a ceremonial get together of Welsh entertainers, which has contributed in abundance to the thriving of the Welsh customs.
Thriving Through History
The attempts to snuff out the Welsh speakers has been a target by several tyrants throughout history. During the 19th century when children were found to speak Welsh, they were branded with signs around their neck as a punishment. The folk museum in Wales is dedicated to the thriving of the folklore of the ‘lovespoons’ – a symbol of eternal Love. The spoons signify the artistic hands of young Welsh men. When young men carved the spoons for their sweethearts, it meant that they were hardworking and would be dedicated to the woman. Folklore that continues in several Welsh families to date. Affection, commitment, and faith are the three symbols that the ‘lovespoons’ signify.
The Mabinogion is the oldest and earliest Celtic myth ever recorded. The Mabinogion is a collection of medieval Celtic stories about the pre-Christian mythology and traditions that surround Wales. The tales are written in Welsh which was translated from the medieval text. The recordings in the manuscript encompass events and people from centuries before. The documents also pay tribute to the Roman Emperor Arthur and contain stories about his legend.
Folklore and Mining
During the 18th century, the Romans mined for gold and led in the area. The biggest lead mine is in Cwmystwth. Silver was also mined during the time. The mining of coal was established over 400 years ago in Wales. Therefore, the traditions and folklore that is attached to mining are extensive. Being an emotional race, the Welsh are also superstitious. The coal mining communities, in particular, are passionate about their superstitions. Fridays are considered as the unluckiest day of the week for miners and miners do not begin any new projects on a Friday.
On March 10th, 1890 there was a new scent that was noted at Morfa Colliery. The miners were under the assumption that the smell originated from ‘dead flowers.’ The event leads all miners to call a strike from duty for the day. Right enough there was a massive explosion in the area and over 85 miners who did not heed to the superstition died. This further sealed the fate of the Welsh and their passion toward superstitious folklore. Other superstitions in Wales surround a squinting woman, who would send a miner on the way to work, back home. The lore extends as far as the families of miners as well.