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Welsh spectral figure, comparable to the caointeach of Gaelic Scotland or the Weeper of English tradition. Usually portrayed as an invisible, bodiless voice, the cyhyraeth may be heard groaning before death, especially multiple deaths caused by a disaster or epidemic. It is mostly associated with south Wales, east Dyfed (until 1974, Carmarthenshire), and the three Glamorganshires, particularly near the Towy River. Like the Irish banshee, the cyhyraeth will weep for natives who die away from home. It may once have been a goddess of streams.

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