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By IrenHorrors   |   
Published: May 23, 2020

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(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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Lunarsong12's avatar

I love the way you drew her hands.

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OaglorHobbyist Traditional Artist

Reminds me of the tale of Fionn mac Cumhaill and the Salmon of Knowledge.

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Love it so much! Been following you for years and you are definitely a magical force to be reckoned with!

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Love the color palette, works very well!
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She's prettier than I am
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jonwassingHobbyist Writer

Ack, red hair with dark green clothes, my secret weakness! :D Nice work!

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So nice nice
artmaker564's avatar

great illustration of a historical mythological character has a very mystic feel and looks like she is going to make potion or cast a hex someone.

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BrianByarsHobbyist Traditional Artist

This is really great. Wonderful character, wonderfully rendered.

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This is very well done. I love how you added the chickens as reference to the story.
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Birch-AndersonHobbyist Writer

Gorgeous; Nice touch adding a triquetra to the cauldron.

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love the way you drew the chickens <3

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Can you make her BOOBS alot more bigger!
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Отлично нарисовано!

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round about the cauldron go!!

beautiful picture!!!

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Beautifully done! Heart 3D

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Great mix of being a monstrous witch and a beautiful woman

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She's gorgeous!!!!!

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