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    The Gods of the Gaels

    MIDER (underworld) - another son of Dagda also connected as is Mannan Mac Lir, with the Isle of Falga (Isle of Man). The gods did not hold him mighty and he was subject to many invasions and because of that he appealed to Fionn for assistance. He certainly could not count on his fellow gods.

    MORRIGAN - she of many names...also referred to as Macha, Morrighan, etc., frequently referred to as the principal war goddess, All aspect of battle fell under her mantle. She is reputed to have been of the Tuatha de Dannan and was credited(?) with interfering into the lives of the Celt heroes. She is also known as BABD...perhaps another of her triune aspects. Remember her popping up in the story of Arthur of Wales as Morgause. She is sometime referred to as the 'Great Queen'.

    MATH MATHONWY - If you have had the pleasure of reading the Mabinogion you will doubtedlessly have seen his name. He was known in Ireland as well as Wales as a King but also a god of enchantment and magic.

    MYRRDIN - better know perhaps as Merlin, he is claimed as one of their one by Britannia, Ireland and Wales. Originally, an ancient Welsh Druid of the old ways, he was also a great magician. It is said that he learned his great powers from the Morrigan (also known as Lady of the Lake),

    NUADA (noo-ada) - Sometime known as Nuada of the Silver Arms; as he had to step down as King having lost one arm in battle. The arms was later replaced by one of silver. He is god in Wales and Ireland of Harpers, Healing, Historians, Magic, Poets and writers. As with the other gods and goddess he is known by various names such as Lud, Lludd, Llaw, etc.

    OGMA - Welsh Warrior god often associated with Hercules. He invented the runic languages of the Druids...we refer to it as the Ogham alphabet. His name actually translates to 'sun face'. he was married to Etain and is associated with incantations, charms, eloquence language.
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    Lug and Dôn



    Alternative Titles: Lleu, Lleu Llaw Gyffes, Lug, Lug Lamfota, Lugh, Lugoues, Lugouibus, Lugoves, Luguei, Samildanach

    Lugus, also called Lug, or Lugh, (Celtic: “Lynx,” or “Light”?), in ancient Celtic religion, one of the major gods. He is one of the deities whom
    Julius Caesar identified with the Roman god Mercury (Greek: Hermes). His cult was widespread throughout the early Celtic world, and his name occurs as an element in many continental European and British place-names, such as Lyon, Laon, Leiden, and Carlisle (formerly Luguvallium, “Strong in the God Lugus”).

    According to Irish tradition, Lug Lámfota (“Lug of the Long Arm”) was the sole survivor of triplet brothers all having the same name. At least three dedications to Lugus in plural form, Lugoues, are known from the European continent, and the Celtic affinity for trinitarian forms would suggest that three gods were likewise envisaged in these dedications. Lug’s son, or rebirth, according to Irish belief, was the great Ulster hero, Cú Chulainn (“Culann’s Dog”).

    In Wales, as Lleu Llaw Gyffes (“Lleu of the Dexterous Hand”), he was also believed to have had a strange birth. His mother was the virgin goddess Aranrhod (“Silver Wheel”). When her uncle, the great magician Math, tested her virginity by means of a wand of chastity, she at once gave birth to a boy child, who was instantly carried off by his uncle Gwydion and reared by him. Aranrhod then sought repeatedly to destroy her son, but she was always prevented by Gwydion’s powerful magic; she was forced to give her son a name and provide him with arms; finally, as his mother had denied him a wife, Gwydion created a woman for him from flowers.

    Lug was also known in Irish tradition as Samildánach (“Skilled in All the Arts”). The variety of his attributes and the extent to which his calendar festival Lugnasad on August 1 was celebrated in Celtic lands indicate that he was one of the most powerful and impressive of all the ancient Celtic deities.

    Lugus | Celtic deity |

    Athlone (/ćθˈloʊn/; Irish: Baile Átha Luain, meaning "The town of Luan's ford") is a town in County Westmeath, Ireland. It is located on the River Shannon near the southern shore of Lough Ree.

    “Dé Luain is the Irish for Monday.

    Dôn, in Celtic mythology, leader of one of two warring families of gods; according to one interpretation, the Children of Dôn were the powers of light, constantly in conflict with the Children of Llyr, the powers of darkness. In another view, the conflict was a struggle between indigenous gods and those of an invading people. Although Dôn and other Welsh deities had Irish analogues (the Irish goddess Danu, e.g.), the stories surrounding them differed, and the Welsh mythology has only partially survived.

    Dôn’s children included Gwydion, a master of magic, poetry, and music and a warrior who clashed frequently with various gods, and Aranrhod, a sky goddess and symbol of fertility, who bore Gwydion twin sons: Dylan, a sea god, and Lleu Llaw Gyffes (Lleu of the Dexterous Hand), whom many scholars consider analogous to the Irish god Lug.

    Dôn | Celtic goddess |

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