Spirits on horseback across the common of Rhosmeherin near Pontrhydfendigaid; buried treasure guarded by the ghosts of pirates in a Llanafan cave; a ghostly monk at Strata Florida and materials for building the church of Penbryn mysteriously moved at night. These are some of the folk tales of Ceredigion.
Ghosts, Spirits and Phantoms
Phantom funerals, known in Ceredigion as ‘toili’, foretell a real funeral soon to take place. There are a number of tales told of toili being seen, and heard, across Ceredigion. Similarly, there are tales of ‘corpse candles’, a pale light hovering just above the ground. It is said to be possible to recognise the spirit when the apparition crosses over water, or by standing in a church porch.
Mysterious spirits have even moved churches, as tradition claims at Llanwenog. A similar tradition claims that Llanfihangel Genau’r Glyn was originally supposed to have been built elsewhere, but each night the part built church would be pulled down, until a spirit voice advised the builders to build at Genau’r Glyn.
To touch or dig for buried treasures guarded by a ghost without the ghost’s consent always brings thunder and lightning. Carreg y Bwci on the top of Craig Twrch, on the borders of Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion is one of the places associated with this tale. Is the treasure still there? Or does this hill have more thunderstorms than others?