Essay on Christian Church And Pagan Beliefs On Salvation

1423 Words Mar 1st, 2015 6 Pages
In Medieval Europe, both the Christian Church and pagan ideas dominated religious beliefs throughout European nations. Both of these belief systems are represented in The Mabinogion, a collection of eleven Welsh tales. “Pwyll Lord of Dyved” represents the Medieval Christian Church’s beliefs on salvation, which was an integral part of that era as it caused financial corruption among church leaders, also, “Llud and Llevyls” provides much insight on paganism and is reflected in the Middle Ages in many major tragedies such as the Black Plague.
The first tale in The Mabinogion is entitled, “Pwyll Lord of Dyved,” in which Pwyl, the ruler of Dyved encounters a man named Arwan, who immediately claims that Pwyll has has greatly wronged him. Pwyll was bewildered as to how he could have offended Arwan, as they had never met. Arwan tells him that he already knows Pwyll, however, Pwyll does not know him. Pwyll inquires Arwan seeking how he may amend his wrongs. In response, Arwan gives him a challenge and says that in order to earn his friendship, he must kill Arwan’s enemy. He further describes the challenge to him telling him that before this they will switch kingdoms for one year and a day and after this, he will be ready to battle his enemy. Arwan disguises Pwyll so that everyone in Arwan’s kingdom, even his closest friends and his own wife, would not be able to tell that Pwyll was not Arwan. Following the year-long swap, Pwyll returns to his kingdom and questions some of his people…

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