What is the Origin of the Welsh Tradition of Dynion Mwyn and Y Tylwyth Teg?
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Part One - Origin of Dynion Mwyn (below)
Part Two - Origin of Fairie Faith
Part Three - Rhuddlwm Gawr and his Initiation into Dynion Mwyn
ORIGIN OF THE DYNION MWYN AND Y TYLWYTH
Taliesin einion Vawr is a shadowy figure in Dynion Mwyn legend and fact. We believe that he single-handedly brought the Dynion Mwyn tradition into the 20th century. His family was said to have been heavily involved in the occult from before the middle ages. From what we can gather by reading his e-mails to R. Martin, one of his initiates, and the documents he sent Rhuddlwm Gawr directly, his parents were Welsh and British citizens, and he spent most of his early years, traveling around the world with his parents who were in the diplomatic corps. When they were killed in Great Britain during the Blitz, he went to live with relatives in Wales. He was Welsh through and through. He spoke Welsh, thought Welsh and owned land in Wales which he inherited.
He also learned the family secret: that they claimed to be descended from the family of Prince Llewellyn, the Last; were Welsh Witches (Gwyddon), Druids and Bards; and practiced an ancient and honorable Magickal art. I believe it would be more accurate to say that his ancestry included the Gruffudd family specifically David ap Gruffudd, Lord of Denbigh and brother to Llewellyn the Last, Prince of Wales.
I believe the information passed down to us from Taliesin, seems to be accurate and makes a great deal of sense.
I believe Taliesin was a descendant of the Gwydir Wynn or Winn family. This family was a well known and important family in Wales in the middle ages. We have done a great deal of research and have found several connections by Taliesin to this family, but very distant.
Taliesin explained in a document and authored by R. Martin (a initiate of Taliesins) that the Dynion Mwyn tradition was handed down from Taliesins ancestors and that some source of rituals and religious observances, were his uncles. They were said to have been members of the Kibbo Kift ( a nature oriented woodcraft type organization) present in North Wales in the 1920s.. Although we have done extensive investigation, we cannot verify or discount any of this information.
He gathered all the family documents together that were related to his families relationship with Welsh Witchcraft, and Bardic knowledge. These documents claimed that Atlantis was not one but many "places" throughout the world. They claimed that Druid and Etruscan philosophy came from the same source's) and that Taliesin's family had a direct link to this philosophy and religious belief. They claimed that they had direct evidence in the form of crystal tools which had been passed on within his family by generation after generation of his ancestors. They claimed that there was a Knights Templar legacy associated with the Bards of Prince Llewellyn. There are in fact documents in our possession which confirm the story of certain Templar documents written in Aramaic which were purported to be transported to Scotland in 1282.
There were Jews who traveled through Wales in those days who revealed certain secret philosophies to the Bards of Taliesin/ These involved the Kabbalah, the secrets of Maya, and the true Gods of the Jews.
During a rebuilding and remodeling of his families estate in North Wales, Taliesin describes a Magickal Grimoire he discovered which contained a great deal of medieval ritual and Magickal knowledge. It was within this document, that Taliesin learned of his ancestors obsession with Magick and the occult, and their relationship with a secret Magickal Community. We are in possession of this Grimoire.
Taliesin also related the following story: One of his ancestors, Dafydd (David) ap Siencyn (Jenkins), was considered an outlaw in the 1400s. His Mother, Nest, was a direct descendant of Owain ap Gwynedd who was also the great-great-great grandfather of Prince Llewellyn the Last. Taliesin said that Dafydd although an outlaw, was "a man of great valour". He became an outlaw because he would not murder Cymry people and pillage and burn Cymry homes and fields. This did not set well with the English leaders at the time, (Wales was under the control of England), so they labeled him an outlaw and he had to flee to Ireland for over a year. When he returned from Ireland, he became one of the Y Tylwyth Teg, the Faerie Folk.
John Wynn in The History of the Gwydir Family, relates that:
"In the end he (Dafydd ap Siencyn) returned in a summertime, having himself and all his followers clad in green, which being come into the country, he dispersed here and there among his friends, lurking by day and walking in the night for fear of his adversaries."
"Such of the country as happened to have sight of him and his followers said they were Tylwyth Teg (man sized fairies) and so ran away."
Y Tylwyth Teg became "code words" for those that defied authority and adopted Dafydds religion and philosophy of life. Many of the poor and disadvantaged rallied to his cause, but there were never enough people to mount a substantial opposition to the Crown's Welsh policies. Although there were many legends surrounding Dafydd, the most famous was that he was the source for the story of Robin Hood. Taliesin claimed more than once that the names "Y Tylwyth Teg" and Dynion Mwyn" had been passed down from a tradition founded by his ancestors.
In reading the History of the Gwyder Family, written by Sir John Wynn, sometime after 1580, we find that it gives hints as to the interest of the Wynn family in Bardism". He states: "The Wynns of Gwydir were prominent patrons of the Bardic and Knights Templar order as is shown in the many manuscript sources that survive." (Pg xxii "The History of the Gwydir Family and Memoirs" by Sir John Wynn -reprint-Gomer Press, 1990, Llandysul, Dyfed, Wales)
Rhuddlwm's original teacher and High Priestess, Sarah (according to Taliesin) traced her lineage back to Catherine who (legend has it) was the illegitimate daughter of Maredudd ab Levan ap Robert. Catherine's mother was Gwenllian ferch Gwilym ab Ievan Llewyd (Dictionary of Welsh Biography pp 1018-1019 and History of the Gwydir Family pp 89) and also claimed Gruffudd family lineage.
There were a great number of stories about fairies and Dafydd ap Siencyn centered around Dolwyddelan castle in the Lledr valley, commote of Nanconwy. This is reputed to be the birthplace of Prince Llewellyn the last. Dolwyddelan castle is not far from Betws-y-coed, and near where Rhuddlwm Gawr was initiated in 1966.
Following is information which mentions Dafydd ap Siencyn on the internet:
The Song and Music of The Men of Harlech. - ( http://www.dublinwelsh.com/menofharlech.html )
'Men of Harlech' first appeared in the 18th C. During the Wars of the Roses which set the part-Welsh Tudor dynasty on the throne, whilst commanded by Lancastrian officer Dafydd ap Siencyn the castle was besieged in 1468 by the Yorkist supporter William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke & the song might refer to that action. Yet again, in 1647 it was the last Royalist fortress in Britain to surrender to Cromwell's Parliamentarian army. The anonymous writer of this stirring march had in mind the siege that secured, albeit for only a few years, the last independent Welsh state.
Llanrwst, St Grwst - ( http://www.openchurchestrust.org.uk/Llanrwst.htm )
Based on an ancient thatched 12th century church which was largely destroyed by fire in 1468, the present church was substantially restored and enlarged in 1884.
Within the church, the most interesting feature is the intricately carved rood screen with its loft above, reputedly brought from the nearby Maenan Abbey at its dissolution and very worthy of detailed inspection. Other features of note are the 17th century font and several 17th and 18th centuries memorial brasses, together with the stained glass east window and an 18th century painted panel showing the Hanoverian Royal Arms.
Open to accompanied viewing are a reproduction of a fresco depicting the Last Supper (from the Santa Maria Monastery in Milan), the ancient "Llanrwst Bell" and the spur of Dafydd ap Siencyn, the local "Robin Hood" of the 15th century.
Hendre Wen Farmhouse - ( http://www.snowdonia-accommodation.co.uk/hendrewen.html )
Hendre Wen farmhouse dates back to 1600 and has retained its character, with oak beams, floor and doors. Even the oak partitions between bedrooms are original. The traditional Welsh welcome offered by this farmhouse bed and breakfast evokes a feeling of times gone by. The house itself is on the site of a much earlier dwelling, dating back at least six hundred years.
Beautifully situated on the floor of the Conwy Valley, it offers plenty of opportunities to observe and enjoy the numerous natural attractions surrounding the area. Just a couple of miles from Betws-y-Coed it is an ideal centre for exploring Snowdonia and the rest of North Wales.
The woods close to the house were once the hiding place of Dafydd ap Siencyn and his men, regarded as the Welsh Robin Hood, and the tales about him abound in the area around Betws-y-Coed.
Although the previous revealed information is interesting, it is only of value in creating a historical setting for the origins of the Welsh Pagan clan of Y Tylwyth Teg and the tradition of Dynion Mwyn which is our religion and tribe.
Religion is a personal matter. You either feel the call of the Old Ones or you don't. You either experience the love of the Old Ones or you don't. The Gods either live within you or they don't.
Lady Gwen Boudicca
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