Going west – the talking stone

Wales 114

While I was researching the cathedral at St Davids, I came across a couple of legends that caught my fancy. Both of them concern Llechllafar, the talking stone. The name just by itself was intriguing… where did the emphasis lie? Was it a stone that spoke, or a stone where people could speak? I soon found out and it tied in with the legends of the old corpse roads that Stuart and I had come across when working on our books.

When villages began to get their own churches, quite often  it would only be the mother church of the area that had burial rights. People were obliged to carry their dead, often long distances, to bury their loved ones. There were many legends associated with these old highways that could scale hills and ford rivers for mile upon mile, following a straight line, very like the leys, that might take them even through homes…the spirits of the dead always took a straight course, and a convoluted path would confound or confuse them.

There was a corpse road at St Davids… and it was crossed by Llechllafar.

The talking stone was a huge white  slab of marble, ten feet long, six feet wide and a foot thick. It lay across the little river Alun that separates the cathedral from the palace… making me wonder which side was that of the living and which that of the dead, especially as, beyond the ruins of the bishops palace, there is only the sea and the islands that float in the mist…

To read the legends, please visit The Silent Eye

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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15 Responses to Going west – the talking stone

  1. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    We live in a world that moves at warp speed.. thanks to writers like Sue Vincent we can step back in time for a short while and learn more about how our ancestors dealt with life and death. Head over and learn about the Talking Stone.

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  2. jenanita01 says:

    fascinating stuff, legends. Probably more imortant than we know, too…

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  3. Bernadette says:

    The stone has the same sad beauty as the bridge of sighs in Venice.

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  4. Of course, you do realise that, a ‘talking stone’ is only one step away from a walking stone…

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  5. I always love Legends and where they originated from.. Loved this and your wonderful photo Sue..

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