Mari Lwyd’s Friends

14 Jan

maris friends 1

 

Mari Lwyd, the ancient Welsh tradition linking back to the ancient Celtic goddess Epona and the mythological Rhiannon, welcomes the new year by parading a life size puppet constructed around the skull of a horse along with a group of characters who each have a role to play in the celebrations. These characters vary from group to group and the Ystrad Fari Lwyd (from Ystradgynlais) includes a character in white representing the New Year and one in black representing the old year. They carry decorated sticks with bells on.

 

maris friends 2

Mari Lwyd’s friends at Gellionen Chapel

 

 

 

9 Responses to “Mari Lwyd’s Friends”

  1. alethakuschan January 15, 2018 at 06:36 #

    what an intriguing custom, how fun to capture it with drawing

    • Rosie Scribblah January 15, 2018 at 12:50 #

      Thanks, it is linked to a lot of other horse goddess customs across Europe 🙂

      • alethakuschan January 15, 2018 at 15:08 #

        goodness, that sounds even more intriguing

    • Rosie Scribblah January 15, 2018 at 16:47 #

      Going back thousands of years, possibly to the Neolithic 😀

    • Rosie Scribblah January 16, 2018 at 10:50 #

      Oh yes. We got a lot of time over here 😀

  2. Sharon Mann January 15, 2018 at 01:34 #

    Cool drawing and thanks for explaining the tradition.

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