Arawn – Shamanic and Pagan Sounds – Urban Arts Berlin


Very honoured to be included on this newly released compilation from Urban Arts Berlin., a Non-profit arts organisation & music label that supports non-commercial projects from all over the world.

Musicians and sound artists were asked to produce a three to seven minute work based on Shamanism & Pagan traditions from all over the world. Urban Arts Berlin believe that “the knowledge of our ancestors to be relevant for our contemporary understanding of nature and human life.”

I knew that I wanted to create a piece of music based on the idea of the Psychopomp, the “guide of souls”. Their primary function is to escort souls to the afterlife, but can also serve as a guide through the various transitions of life. This has long been a role of the shaman, with the ability to travel to the spirit realms and offer help to those in need. The psychopomp isn’t a judge of the deceased, but simply provides safe passage and are often depicted as creatures, spirits, angels, or deities in many religions and folklore.

In Welsh mythology the psychopomp Arawn was the Lord of the Underworld (Annwn). Arawn rode with his white, red-eared hounds, the Cwn Annwn or Hounds of Annwn, through the skies in autumn, winter, and early spring, hunting their quarry – the souls of the damned, chasing them back to Annwn.

I have created a piece which draws on the imagery and mythology of Arawn and also uses a traditional Cardigan saying  –
Hir yw’r dydd a hir yw’r nos, a hir yw aros Arawn
 Long is the day and long is the night, and long is the waiting of Arawn

Here is the full collection –

Artwork by Museleon based on a Celtic Dog design representing the Cwn Annwn.