The Corpse Candle
British Goblins: Welsh Folk Lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions (1881)
Book 2 Chapter 9
Corpse Candles are ghostly candle lights that allow us to see through the veil, or seen as an omen of forthcoming doom. How the candle lights are not tricked and how they can be seen coming from the mouth of a corpse. Sikes tells us the story of Morris Griffith and the 'Light before the Burying' as well as how Corpse Candle lights can be seen on the surface of water and streams. He finishes off by discussing the origins of the phantoms of the spirit world which ends the last chapter of Book 2 of British Goblins.
- The Corpse Candle 0:55
- Its Peculiarities 2:12
- The Woman of Caerau 4:05
- Grasping a Corpse Candle 6:26
- The Crwys Candle 7:24
- Lights issuing from the Mouth 8:39
- Jesting with the Canwyll Corph 9:48
- The Candle at Pontfaen 12:18
- The Three Candles at Golden Grove 15:21
- Origin of Death-Portents in Wales 16:02
- Degree of Belief prevalent at the Present Day 17:28
- Origin of Spirits in General 19:34
- The Supernatural 19:56
- The Question of a Future Life 21:30
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.
Marquis of Bute
'O wi! O Dduw!'
Jenny fach, Hach
Heol Bwlch y Gwynt (Windgap Lane)
Llandilo Fawr parish
Earl of Cawdor
Gwrach y Rhibyn
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