Gwrachy Rhibyn

Mythical Flying HumanOID of Wales. Etymology: Welsh, "hag of the warning." Physical description: Thin female figure. Swarthy skin. Long, black hair. Sunken, piercing, black or gray eyes. Long, batlike wings. Crooked back.

Behavior: Flies low over rivers and streams. Wears long, black robes. Flapping wings can be heard against windowpanes. Prefigures a death. Distribution: Wales, especially Ceredigion. Significant sighting: Said to have been seen often in the latter half of the eighteenth century inhabiting Caerphilly Swamp.

Source: Marie Trevelyan, Folklore and Folk-Stories of Wales (London: Elliot Stock, 1909), p. 65.

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