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Author Topic: What makes an Irish god/goddess distiguishable as a god/goddess?  (Read 3178 times)

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Re: What makes an Irish god/goddess distiguishable as a god/goddess?
« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2015, 12:34:31 am »
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Basically everyone kind of needs to decide these things for themselves. You can do research and find out if there is a historical record of a cult to Deity X, while plenty of other names in mythology don't have evidence of this- we can make guesses and notice similarities in other cultures, look at later folklore about saints and wonder if there are local goddesses that were syncretized with them and so forth. Some names might be literary creations. And some heroes and kings might of been historical people and some of them weren't. But say, if you decide to honor Edain as a goddess or spirit (whether she had a historical cult or not) and you have a spiritual experience- you got in contact with *something* that answered to that name and mythic imagery. Your experience is no less valid.

The Ossianic cycle by the way was claimed to be ancient by the dude who wrote it but it wasn't. So in my opinion it could still be a literary source of inspiration (like say, a Morgan Llewellyn novel)

 
None of the writings were ancient in the respect that they were written by Christian monks who derived information from the filidh after the Druids have been removed. The apparent result was to blend different Tribal gods and goddesses together along with kings and Hero's into tales that could but recited since they had an oral culture not written. This makes it hard to depend on any of the written information for specifics on any one deity. The goddesses in particular are connected with the land so I agree that to get a better understanding of Anu for instance you might get a better experience visiting the County Kerry and connecting with the land and spirits there and have a spiritual experience.

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