This post follows on from the previous blog article about the creation of story and myth and the layers within them.
Here is a youtube video where Gwilym Morus-Baird goes through his own interpretation of the fourth branch of the Mabinogion and explains how the story of Blodeuedd works on one level as simply a story, there is also common understanding that this is also a story of Lleu Llaw Gyffes as a sun-god and the changing of the seasons. Gwilym studies the narrative and also brings out another layer that sadly, is also relevant to today’s society – toxic masculinity.
So we have now seen how modern story and ancient myth although very different on the surface, can both be used in the same way, still conveying very similar messages for us to learn from. Bardic study is not simply learning information and skills that have no use in our modern world. Quite the contrary, this can be one method that changes the way you see your world.