Sagas and Legends
MINERS say they
often see little imps or demons underground. Their presence is considered
favourable; they indicate the presence of lodes, about which they work
during the absence of the miners. A miner told my informant that he had
often seen them, sitting on pieces of timber, or tumbling about in curious
attitudes, when he came to work.
Miners do not like
the form of the cross being made underground. A friend of my informant,
going through some "levels" or "adits," made a + by the side of one, to know
his way back, as he would have to return by himself. He was compelled to
alter it into another form.
If miners see a
snail when going to "bal" in the morning, they always drop a piece of tallow
from their candles by its side.
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