The Medieval Devil in Wales
British Goblins: Welsh Folk Lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions (1881)
Book 2 Chapter 6
The Medieval Devil in his customary form in Wales. How Sion Cent tricked the Devil and kept his soul and how he was tricked by an old Welshwoman at the Devil's Bridge. We learn about the Devil's Bridge as well as about how to avoid Pacts with the Devil. Sikes tells us of the few visits by angels to Wales as well as the Bardic Tradition of the Creation.
- The Evil Spirit in his customary Form 1:36
- The stupid Medieval Devil in Wales 1:53
- Sion Cent 3:43
- The Devil outwitted 4:26
- Pacts with the Fiend and their Avoidance 4:49
- Sion Dafydd's Foul Pipe 5:28
- The Devil's Bridge and its Legends 8:34
- Similar Legends in other Lands 10:10
- The Devil's Pulpit near Tintern 11:50
- Angelic Spirits 13:03
- Welsh Superstitions as to pronouncing the Name of the Evil Spirit 16:03
- The Bardic Tradition of the Creation 17:12
- The Struggle between Light and Darkness and its Symbolization 18:49
Names Used in this Section
All proper names, and words in Welsh or other languages, are recorded here in the show-notes and we've done our best to get the pronunciations right for you.
Jack the Giant Killer
Pope Benedict IX
Rev. John Kent
Monnow, near Grosmont
Hills of Arfon
Ach! tw! tw!
Main at Frankfort
degage (e acute)
Pa hyd? Pa hyd? Dychwelwch feibein Adda!
Pa hyd? Pa hyd yr erlidiwch y Cristnogion duwiol?
Pont y Gwr Drwg
/|\ (Welsh Bardic Name of God)
The Three Rays
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