FATE TWISTER
The Story of Wayne Gamm



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FATE TWISTER
The Story of Wayne Gamm

This is the story of  how a boy, born to White Witches on a remote Welsh sheep farm in
north Wales, struggles to accept and use his power over Fate...

Annwn - The Otherworld

Hounds of AnnwnIn Welsh mythology, Yr Annwn, is variously described as being 'The Fortunate Isles' (in the western sea), actually underground, or just being with us but invisible, as if in another dimension. Gods and mortals could go there if they were shown how, invited, or tricked into going there. Often this was done by a woman with an Apple or a ball of string that was unwound and followed.

Islands feature heavily in all Celtic mythology, both in Britain and on the continent. Anglesey was the home of the druids in Ancient Britain until they were massacred by the Romans. Other British isles like the Sillies and the Hebrides had mythical reputations attached to them as well. Sometimes the hero would be taken to the Otherworld to perform a task or a quest, but when he returned home he found that hundreds of years had past and everyone he knew was dead.

It is interesting to note that the Otherworld was not where you went when you died in original Celtic mythology, it was somewhere that co-existed with this world in parallel. The Christians put the spin on it that it was the Afterlife, to make it more compatible with their own beliefs. Annwn was just a place of permanent happiness and eternal youth.

Annwn was ruled by the kings Arawn and Glyn ap Nudd, the master of Cwn Annwn, The Hounds of Annwn. They were said to hunt mostly on Cadair Idris. Apparently their barking was loudest when it was far away, and became quieter as they neared. Sight of the hounds was a portent of immanent death. Christian missionaries dubbed them 'The Hounds of Hell' and Arawn as Satan to make the story fit in. However, The Wild Hunt of the Cwn Annwn was for wrong-doers that they may be punished.

References variously situate Annwn on islands west of Harlech and Dyfed, that is in both the north and in the south. The poem Cad Goddeu describes a mythical battle between the kingdom of Gwynedd (in the north) and Annwn.

Welsh mythology is linked to all the mythologies that are Celtic in origin, which essentially means parts of north-western Europe and all of Britain and Ireland, but the closest similarities are with those parts of the modern UK that were least affected by invaders of land and ideas.

So, we find the biggest similarities with the fairest outlying areas, the least accessible points like Wales. Scotland, Cornwall and Ireland, but also with Brittany, which it is said by legend to have been given to the British Celts for helping return a Roman emperor to his thrown.

If you have enjoyed reading this article, I beseech you to do your own further research. There is a lot of material out there but a lot of it is also contradictory, which makes it up to you what you think is right to go by really, because no-one else knows either thanks to the oral tradition of recording history by the early Celts and the deliberate vandalism of the early Christians.

by +Owen Jones