Ynys Afallon

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[cf. W afall, apple].

Happy island in the western ocean, a land of perpetual youth, fertility, feasting, and abundant sensual pleasure, where magical birds sing enchanted songs. Comparable to the Irish Tír na nÓg and Tír na mBéo, Ynys Afallon also contributed to the Arthurian conception of Avalon and is still the Welsh name for that island. Under the influence of Giraldus Cambrensis (12th cent.) and William of Malmesbury, Ynys Afallon has also become the Welsh name for Glastonbury. Folk motif: D1338.7.

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