The Cambrian Popular Antiquities: Or, An Account of Some Traditions, Customs, and Superstitions, of Wales, with Observations as to Their Origin, &c. &c. Illustrated with Copper Plates, Coloured from Nature

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E. Williams, 1815 - 360 páginas
 

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Página 114 - Hindoos of every class, one subject of diversion is to send people on errands and expeditions that are to end in disappointment, and raise a laugh at the expense of the person sent.
Página 184 - In their musical concerts they do not sing in unison, like the inhabitants of other countries, but in many different parts, so that in a company of singers, which one very frequently meets with in Wales, you will hear as many different parts and voices as there are performers, while all at length unite with organic melody in one consonance, and in the soft sweetness of B-flat.
Página 205 - You may see men or girls, now in the church, now in the churchyard, now in the dance, which is led round the churchyard with a song, on a sudden falling on the ground as in a trance, then jumping up as in a frenzy, and representing with their hands and feet, before the people, whatever work they have unlawfully done on feast days ; you may see one man put his hand to the plough, and another, as it were, goad on the oxen, mitigating their sense of labour, by the usual rude song :' one man imitating...
Página 115 - English custom ; but it is unquestionably very ancient, and is still kept up even in great towns, though less in them than in the country.
Página 246 - ... head the malediction was to fall. A pin was then dropped into the well, in the name of the victim, and the report that such a one had been thus put into the well soon reached the ears of the devoted person. If the individual were...
Página 194 - The boy frequently returned to our hemisphere, sometimes by the way he had gone, sometimes by others ; at first in company, and afterwards alone ; and made himself known only to his mother, to whom he described what he had seen. Being desired by her to bring her a present of gold, with which that country...
Página 193 - ... of truth. The boy frequently returned to our hemisphere, sometimes by the way he had...
Página 63 - Columba received some supernatural information that they would never stand unless a human victim was buried alive. According to one account, the lot fell on Oran, the companion of the Saint, as the victim that was demanded for the success of the undertaking. Others pretend that Oran voluntarily devoted himself, and was interred accordingly. At the end of three days, Columba had the curiosity to take a farewell look at his old friend, and caused the earth to be removed accordingly. Oran raised his...
Página 182 - ... drunkenness, this people who incur no expense in food or dress, and whose minds are always bent upon the defence of their country, and on the means of plunder, are wholly employed in the care of their horses and furniture. Accustomed to fast from morning till evening, and trusting to the care of Providence, they dedicate the whole day to...
Página 175 - ... be it widow, mother, sister, or daughter — for it must be a female — to give, over the coffin, a quantity of white loaves in a great dish, and sometimes a cheese with a piece of money stuck in it, to certain poor persons. After that they presented, in the...

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