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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 12, Cerridwen Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 12, Cerridwen Summary and Analysis

Most references to Cerridwen are found in the sixteenth-century works of Welsh Elis Grufydd. The name Cerridwen has been translated both as "Cauldron of Wisdom" and "Fortress of Wisdom." Grufydd refers to her as a witch. She is said to possess "great wisdom, prophetic foresight, and magical shape shifting abilities."

Cerridwen gives birth to a black son, Morfran. She worries that her son will not have a life of ease because there are those who call him Afagddu, saying that he is ugly because of his. She decides to give her son a gift of her magical powers. She prepares Aven, the Cauldron of the Deep, to make three drops of a liquid that will provide foresight and magical powers. Cerridwen arranges for a blind man to tend to the flames of the fire and she asks a young...

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