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Posted: 13-Apr-2018, 08:01 AM
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I have a friend who is Welsh so was looking at some annual traditions we could start and have some fun with an this sounded like a perfect idea!

http://www.wales.com/mari-lwyd


Mari Lwyd

The Mari Lwyd (the Grey Mare) is a pre-Christian tradition said to bring good luck.

People made a horse figure from a horse’s skull, with decorative ears and eyes attached. They adorned it with colourful reins, bells, and ribbons and wrapped it with a white sheet that is carried around on a pole.

The Mari Lwyd and its party would go door-to-door, singing and challenging the families inside to a battle of rhyming insults in Welsh. At the end of the battle of wits (known as pwnco) the group would be invited into the house for refreshments.

This old tradition died out in many parts of Wales, but some parts still act it out and every December you can see it at the St Fagans: National History Museum(link is external). Each January several Maris from different regions gathers in Chepstow for the Chepstow Wassail Lwyd(link is external).

For lots more images of Mari Lwyd, check out the Mari Lwyd Flickr group(link is external).


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Posted: 13-Apr-2018, 06:43 PM
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None of the links are active for me.

My father's family was from Wales. smile.gif


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Looks like the links work now. What a fascinating tradition. Kind of creepy with the horse skull lol. Are there youtube videos of this by any chance? I couldn't find any but maybe I don't know what to look for.
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There are some videos on YouTube if you search for Mari Lwyd but I have included a few here for that are relevant, seems most now are representations in public festivals:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ptel9C3Zhg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_xFo6Hifzk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jwRlW5cCBM

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