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On the Footsteps of Forgotten Saints, Redux

In a previous post, I argued that the little corner of the world where I currently live was probably home to a mostly-forgotten holyist; Silyn Sant.

Hopefully I covered the key pieces of evidence before, but suffice it to say that they were: Cultural (the high prevalence of Sulien; Silyn; Silin; Silian terminology used in Welsh landscapes), Folkloric (local traditions about the life of Silyn Sant who lived in these parts), and Historic (archaeological discoveries dating back to the 5th-6th centuries).

As you know, we ran into some murky waters when we considered another, more famous early Christian saint, Giles the Hermit. Later historians preferred the idea that our eccentric Silyn Sant was in fact Giles by another name. I’ve been thinking about these two god-botherers, and the fact that their hagiographies are so achingly similar. One tantalizing possibility is that: if Saint Giles was 7th-8th Century, and the Silbandus Stone of Silyn Sant was 5th-6th – then perhaps Saint Giles borrowed/recreated this hagiography from an older Welsh myth-cycle?

St. Giles…or Silyn Sant?

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10:22 Ravenswood

Confirmed. There are two Ravens in my neck of the woods.

Previous sightings have these much maligned birds along the edges of Ceredigion – notably where there are also wildlife reserves (Natur Cymru). I’d been seeing this pair around all winter, and, well, because they’re large and black and our resident crow-family The Gang of Three are also large and black I’d hesitated to call it. Also: I don’t live in the middle of a wildlife reserve, but traditional Welsh farmland (lowland).

But today I was rewarded with a direct overhead sighting, with the Gang of Three attempting to drive them away (it’s nesting season, so competition is fierce).

They’re bigger than you imagine, and look like Kings in their own sky.


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