Annwvyn (or Annwfn , sometimes Annwn ), in the Welsh Celtic Mythology, indicates the Other World Celtes. It is the equivalent of the Sidh of the Irish tradition , a marvellous place, where reign the happiness, a world of pleasures where youth is eternal, where the disease is absent and food is abundant. The Annwn , in the medieval tales, is presented like the kingdom of the hearts of the departeds. According to certain version of the legend, it is located very at the west, so far Manawyddan Fab Llyr did not find it and that one can reach it only by death. Other sources plead that the entry is located on the Lundy island in the estuary of the Severn or, a little more in the south, towards Glastonbury, in addition high-place of the Légende arthurienne.
It is in particular question of Annwn in the first of the four tales of the Mabinogion: Pwyll, prince de Dyved . After an argument of hunting, Arawn, king of the Other World and Pwyll exchanges their situations for one one year duration, it is the myth founder of the dynasty of princes de Dyved. In the Book of Taliesin , the poetic text Preiddeu Annwfn describes the King Arthur and his knights crossing Annwvyn, in the search of a magic cauldron, possession of nine magicians (Celtic topic whom one finds in particular in the Gallisenae of the island of Center). This Other World is also present in the tale Kulhwch and Olwen .
- Four branches of Mabinogi , translated from Welsh, presented and annotated by Pierre-Yves Lambert, Gallimard Editions, coll the paddle of the people, Paris, 1993.
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