Arawn was the king of Annwn, the Land of the Dead in Celtic mythology. For a year, he exchanged his physical appearance with Pwyll, the king of Dyfe. Each of them lived the life of the other during that time.
The king Pwyll, during a hunting day, got into a very dense
forest, whose thickness caused him to lose sight of his dogs. He
stopped for a moment, when suddenly, appeared a deer that
was escaping, pursued by a pack of dogs that were not his own. He was inclined to follow them, but he realized that those dogs were not from this world:
they were white, but their ears were bright red. He had entered into Annwn, the Land of the
After the dogs, came a man on horseback, that stopped in front of Pwyll.
Calling him by his name, he said that he would have liked to have
participated in the hunt, perhaps then the prey would not have escaped.
Pwyll said that he would be willing to do anything to compensate for the
The rider was presented as Arawn, king of Annwn, and he proposed that
within a year he would fight in duel against his enemy, because a curse
prevented him from doing it by himself, which he had appropriated a part of
Until then, each one would acquire the physical appearance of the other
and also would carry out their daily functions, meeting again in that same place
after one year.
Before leaving, Arawn warned Pwyll that he should only give him one blow, because finishing off would make him revive with equal force.
Under the physical appearance of Arawn, Pwyll ruled with justice and
without problems, the difficult thing came at the end of each day, when
he had to remain firm in the face of the love expression of his
When they returned to their own kingdoms, they checked and discovered the good management of the other
during the last year. However, the surprise came when Arawn returned to
his home and made love to his wife, whom asked him what had happened to
him, because for a whole year he had not touched her once; then, he told her all
Both kings sent gifts to each other, and by this legend, Pwyll
was called "Lord of Annwn", a title which his son also inherited.
Symbolically, this mythology represents the opportunity to try, for
short periods of time, unique experiences, like in the movies "Pulp
Fiction" (1994), "While You Were Sleeping" (1995), "Family Man" (2000), "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006) and
"The Devil Wears Prada" (2006).
It also represents the testing periods, in which a
person replaces another in a post which has holded for a long
time, like in the movie "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" (2015).
After passing Pluto, the New Horizons probe observed, from very close approach,
the plutino (15810) 1994 JR1 in November 2015 and April 2016.
In January of 2017, (15810) 1994 JR1 received its official name: (15810) Arawn.