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Gwragedd Annwn

In Welsh folklore, the Gwragedd Annwn are beautiful fairies who live beneath lakes and rivers - "lake maidens."

One such tale parallels Goldilocks when a young boy finds a maiden combing her hair by a pond. He tries three times to win her affection by bringing her various stages and dryness of baked bread. She finally accepts under the condition that if he strikes her three times, she will disappear.

They got married and he ended up hitting her three times due to her fairy-like habits that were considered rude in the human world. She left him to return to the water forever, but summoned her children to visit her ever so often to teach them healing abilities of the water. It's said that the greatest doctors of that region are descendants of great Gwragedd Annwn healers.

Watercolor, gum bichromate, Cyanotype, photo oil on watercolor paper.

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