The Cutty Black Sow is a demon or monster in Welsh folklore that is believed to steal the souls of it's human victims on Halloween.
Appearance: A black sow (female pig) with glowing eyes and which walks upright on it's hind legs, like a human.
Lore: Sir James George Frazer documents the Cutty Black Sow in his book, The Golden Bough. From page 348;
"Down to the present time the saying is current in Carnarvonshire, where allusions to the cutty black sow are occasionally made to frighten children."
"According to Sir John Rhys, the habit of celebrating Hallow'een by lighting bonfires on the hills is perhaps not yet extinct in Wales, and men still living can remember how the people who assisted at the bonfires would wait until the last spark was out and then would suddenly take to their heels, shouting at the top of their voices, the cropped black sow seize the hindmost!"
From such remarks it is evident the Cutty Black Sow was a local bogey-man figure, perhaps even perceived as a devil, or the devil, in the form of a black sow and not a separate entity.
The Cutty Black Sow In Culture: An episode of the series, Tales From The Darkside, was dedicated to the legend of the Cutty Black Sow, though gives the monster a Scottish origin.
Tales From The Darkside - 414 - The Cutty Black Sow.mpg
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