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THE Ats Jy il%i JUL Al Ms JLlJj \_FJL0 JL M JA Xl AND PEOPLE'S FRIEND. CONTENTS. Druid ism (continued) . . . The Calendar..... Review....... The Principles of Gardening Financial Reform .... Reti ospect of the Month Local Affairs..... Paste. 81 83 85 85 87 88 90 Paite- "Wrexham Markets....... 92 Veritas v. " A Wrexhamite." .... 93 A Black Man in a White Skin ... 93 Mr. B. Svdtchem on the Market-Hall, &c. 93 Poetry.—Eliza........ 94 Ruabon National Schools..... 95 "Wrexham Countr Court...... 95 No. 6. Vol. 1.1 JANUARY 1st, 1849. Price Id. DRUIDISM : OR THE RELIGIOUS, MORAL, AND SOCIAL STATE OF THE WELSH BEFORE THE INTRODUCTION OF CHRISTIANITY AMONGST THEM. (coshkued from tagk 66.) The Druids were not altogether ignorant of the deluge ; many of their customs had reference to that mourn¬ ful catastrophe The prevailing tra¬ dition amongst them was, that the Lake Llion hroke over its boundar¬ ies and that its waters covered the face of the whole earth, so that all mankind were drowned, with the ex¬ ception of Dwyfan and Dwyfach, who with a male and female of each spe¬ cies of created existence, escaped in a vessel without sails, and from whom the island of Britain was re-peopled. The Welsh, partial to their own coun¬ try, and imperfect in their knowledge of the Deluge, supposed that that fearful catastrophe, took place after their arrival in this island ; and they considered the building of Nefydd Naf Neifion's Ship, or the Ark, and the drying up of the waters of the Deluge, by Hu Gadarn's large horned oxen dragging the Avanc y Uyn, (a terrible species of Beaver) to land, amongst the Chefs D'ceuvres of the isle of Britain." The Druids considered the Deluge not only a punishment on ac¬ count of the ungodliness of the Old World, but also, a Divine purification, or carrying off the impurities of the old inhabitants,, and cleansing it for a fit residence for holy Noah and his family. As the Druids considered it to be unlawful to confine the Deity within walls, they were accustomed to per¬ form Divine worship in a public man¬ ner, in the consecrated Groves. To enable the worshippers to be shelter¬ ed in some degree from winds and rain ; and that they might not be dis- Arahatol.