Coel Coeth

Coel Coeth (also Coel Certh)—Welsh name for the BONFIRE each family built in the most prominent place near the house on November Eve. Part of this tradition involved each member of the family throwing a marked white stone into the fire, after which prayers were said around the FIRE; in the morning any stones that could not be found indicated that person would die within the year.

An American version of this belief suggests simply that the stones be placed in an “outdoor fireplace.”


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