Annwyn (or Annwfn)

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Annwyn (or Annwfn)

The Celtic other-world. According to ancient belief, it might be located either on or under the earth or the sea, or might be a group of islands or a revolving castle surrounded by sea, and was variously known as "Land Over Sea," "Land Under Wave," or Caer Sidi (revolving castle). It was said to be a land of strange beauty and delight, with a magic caldron having miraculous powers. It is described in such works as the Book of Taliesin and the Mabinogion.

(See also Hell )

Sources:

The Mabinogion. London: J. M. Dent, 1949.

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