A little bit of Welsh mythology:
Q. Whence didst thou proceed?
A. I came from the Great World, having my beginning in Annwn.
Q. And where art thou now? and how camest thou to what thou art?
A. I am in the Little World, whither I came
having traversed the circle of Abred, and now I am a
Man, at its termination and extreme limits.
Q. What wert thou before thou didst become a
man, in the circle of Abred?
A. I was in Annwn the least possible that was
capable of life and the nearest possible to absolute
death; and I came in every form and through every
form capable of a body and life to the state of man
along the circle of Abred, where my condition was
severe and grievous during the age of ages, ever since
I was parted in Annwn from the dead, by the gift of
God, and His great generosity, and His unlimited and
Q. Through how many different forms didst thou
come, and what happened unto thee?
A. Through every form capable of life, in water in
earth, in air. And there happened unto me every
severity, every hardship, every evil, and every
suffering, and but little was the goodness or Gwynfyd
before I became a man.... Gwynfyd cannot be
obtained without seeing and knowing everything, but
it is not possible to see or to know everything without
suffering everything.... And there can be no full
and perfect love that does not produce those things
which are necessary to lead to the knowledge that