Among the peaks of the Monts d'Arrée, or Menezioù Are, lies a vast and dismal peat bog known as the Yeun, which has long been regarded by the Breton folk as the portal to the infernal regions. One part of the bog, whose victims have been many, is known as the Youdic.

Countless stories are afloat concerning this weird maelstrom of mud and bubbling water. At one time it was the custom to hurl animals suspected of being evil spirits into its black depths. Malevolent fiends, it was thought, were wont to materialize in the form of great black dogs, and unfortunate animals of this type, if they evinced such peculiarities as were likely to place them under suspicion, were taken forthwith to the Youdic by a member of the enlightened priesthood of the district, and were cast into its seething depths with all the ceremonies suitable to such an occasion.



  • Spence, Lewis. (1917). Legends and Romances of Brittany. New York: Fredrick A. Stokes, pp. 101 ff.

This article incorporates text from Legends and Romances of Brittany (1917) by Lewis Spence, which is in the public domain.