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Hiraeth is a Welsh word (Cornish Hireth) “long gone” has no English equivalent. It means a spiritual yearning or longing for the past of your home, often applied to Wales or Cornwall. A past that is nowhere and everywhere, rooted in a nostalgia for the soul’s grief of a lost past. My 8th great grandmother, Marie Southwood Suddeth, came from Exeter on the Devon/Cornish border. She knew hiraeth.

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Tommyknockers are Cornish/Welsh creatures resembling leprechauns—Cornish Bucca. They hang around mines, often playing pranks or stealing lunches. However, they often will knock on mine walls to warn miners of a mine collapse and have followed Welsh/Cornish miners to the USA. [dedicated to my 8th great grandmother Marie Southwood Suddeth, Exeter, Devon-Cornwall]

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AWEN

Awen is a Welsh/Cornish/Breton word for the Poetic Inspiration that artists and writers need. It is sometimes defined as flowing spirit or flowing life energy. This is not a religious concept, but rather a meditation aid, a chance for writers etc. to connect to a higher power.

 

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Moon-Eyed People

When the Cherokee entered the Appalachians, they encountered Moon-Eyed People—short people with pale skin who were nocturnal. Some have suggested these were Prince Madoc’s Welsh colonists—I have a more mundane explanation.

The Moon-Eyed People may have avoided the heavily armed Cherokees during the day. 40,000 years ago people migrated north along the Pacific coast. The majority were related to the people of Australia and New Guinea, including people with blond and red hair. A minority were related to pygmies. As they went north, they lost their dark skin, the Ainu staying in Japan. Others crossed the Bering Straits before the Indians. DNA testing in southern Brazil confirms that they settled South America (I call them Pre-Amerindian). I believe the Moon-Eyed People are also Pre-Amerindian, likely related to the Beothuk of Newfoundland. Time will tell.

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