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Take a look at our new Craft Items page, which gives you access to all sorts of bespoke goodies, from hallmarked jewellery to flower arrangements, all made by us to your design.

We've started adding stories from the Mabinogion - first one, Lleu Llaw Gyffes has been added, but there are more on the way.

Look out, too, for the Troubadours of Albion Witches Brouhaha, an activism group set up to help uphold our values.  Join up here.

The Witches Brouhaha section on the website has been moved to the Elements' pages, under Fire.

Then again, if your tastes don't run to the cutting edge of politics, try our 'blog pages.  Still fiery enough to burn fluffies, but they won't singe your seat!

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The Mabinogion - Tales of our Ancestors

troubadours of albion mabinogionUnlike the garrulous Gaels, the "p-celtic" Brythons - to whom the Troubadours of Albion belong - have relatively little in the way of legendary texts.

Ours, you see, is traditionally an oral culture: our Druids, Bards and Ovates would keep everything in their heads, relating them or referring to them as the need arose.  We had no use for the "talking marks" and so, when a person died, what was left was what was passed on orally.

That we have books like the Mabinogion - itself a distillation of the "Red Book of Hergest", the "Black Book of Rhydderch" and others, is largely due to Christian monks who, under orders from Popes like Gregory, sought to convert the masses by means of syncretising their existing religious routines into the Christian doctrine.  As such, what passes down to us is filled with references to Biblical characters and other theological anomalies which we are working to expunge from the stories.

The tale of Taliesin the Bard, for instance, comes to us with Taliesin himself pledging allegiance to the Cross in many of his actions.  Then, of course, there's Arthur who, in the Romances of Malory et al., comes to us as a card-carrying patsy for Jesus.

There are some tales, however, that don't bear the weight of eschatological baggage.  Tales like that of Blodeuwedd and Lleu Llaw Gyffes, which we shall relate elsewhere, and of Lludd and Llyfelus, which gives us an interesting origin myth for the city of London.

The reason, however, why we need to fillet out the Christian influence from these tales is firstly because it takes away from the impact of the story - after all, you don't drive to a certain place using directions for another place far distant, and the Middle East is quite, quite far removed from Britain.  Secondly, if we take these tales for their allegorical content, then material differences between the original intent and what is handed down to us skew the message somewhat.

And whilst we may not be able to channel the original meaning exactly, it will not be through want of trying.