(Music: The Fiechters - Welsh Fairies)
Ceridwen (Ceriddwen, Kerdwin, Cyrrdven) is a powerful Welsh sorceress. Depending on the translation Ceridwen can also be seen as a shapeshifting goddess of knowledge, transformation and rebirth. She has a great cauldron (The Awen) of poetic inspiration, which is one of her main symbols, she uses it to create many potions, including the ability to imbue wisdom, beauty, and prophecy. In one part of the Mabinogion, which is the cycle of myths found in Welsh legend, Cerridwen brews up a potion in her magical cauldron to give to her ugly son Afagddu (Morfran) a wisdom.
The potion needs to be boiled in her cauldron for a year and a day. She puts her servant Gwion in charge of guarding the cauldron, but three drops of the brew fall upon his finger, blessing him with the knowledge held within. Cerridwen pursues Gwion through a cycle of seasons until, in the form of a hen, she swallows Gwion, disguised as an ear of corn. Nine months later, she gives birth to Taliesen, the greatest of all the Welsh poets.
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