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"Birds to Wake The Dead"
(From the book "Rhiannon : Goddess of The Birth Moon")
By : Deborah Susan Jones : Editor

An ancient Myth & Legend . . . . . .
Great Queen Rhiannon, Cymric, Brythonic and a Triple Goddess.
The following day Pwyll returns to the mound but this time takes his own fleet steed.
As soon as the maiden appears he gives chase, but cannot catch her.
Eventually he calls out to her, imploring her to stay.
This she does and eventually tells Pwyll that her true errand was to seek him. She then informs him that she is Rhiannon, daughter of Hefydd Hen, and that she is to be given to another, but is actually in love with Pwyll.
As a result, Pwyll promises to meet her a year hence at Hefydd's palace. 
Associated with otherworldly birds, their melody singing across the waters in the Happy Isles of the Blessed, the sweetest sound ever heard by any mortal ear and every other tune seemed unlovely beside it, a wondrous song to wake the dead, and send the living to sleep, and horses, both accompanying the dead on their journey to the next world, known from the chief prose literature of medieval Wales, the Mabinogi.
She is associated with horses and has otherworldly birds in her possession.
The cult of the horse had deep meaning in the Iron Age and Romano-British period. There are suggestions that as a tribal ceremony, a royal figure symbolically copulated with a horse which was then sacrificed, dismembered and devoured by the ritual revelers.
Deborah Susan Jones

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