"Когда человек узнает, что движет звёздами, Сфинкс засмеётся и жизнь на Земле иссякнет" (иероглифическая надпись на скале храма Абу-Симбел, Египет, 1260 г. до н.э.), "Любовь, что движет солнце и светила" (Данте Алигьери, "Божественная комедия"), "Радуйтесь тому, что имена ваши записаны на небесах" (Лука, 10:20); "Число душ в Космосе равно числу звезд и распределено по одной на каждой звезде" (Платон, "Тимей", 41е); "У каждого в глазах своя звезда" (Хафиз Ширази); "- Хотел бы я знать, зачем звёзды светятся... - Наверное, затем, чтобы рано или поздно каждый мог вновь отыскать свою" (Антуан де Сент-Экзюпери, "Маленький принц"); "Зачем рыдать под звездой, которую всё равно не снять с неба? Она совершит начертанный ей путь. А ты совершай свой" (Иван Ефремов, "Таис Афинская").

вторник, 7 января 2014 г.

Irish Gods

In Celtic mythology, the Tuatha De Danann (children of the goddess Danu) were the last race of gods to occupy and conquer the British Isles before men came and took the land away from them. The Tuatha De Danann were gifted warriors and learned in magic.

Dagda was one of the most powerful deities to set foot on Ireland. He was known as father of the Gods, the master of Druids and the keeper of arcane lore. He was also a formidable warrior who acted as both guide and father to the Tuatha De Danann.

One of his most first protégé was king Nuada (God of war and weaponry), It was said he possessed an invincible sword which he used to cleave his enemies in half. However, after Nuada lost his hand in battle, he was deemed ineligable to by king and was replaced by Bres.

Bres was a Celtic fertility god who took over the role of Nuada after his injury. He was a tyrannical ruler, which proved his undoing. In exchange for his life, Bres taught agriculture and turned Ireland into a fertile haven.
Aoi was the poet of the Tuatha de Danann. A druid foretold at his birth that he would grow up to become a master poet who was gifted with special powers. It was said he had he possessed sensational musical talent with an eloquent voice to match.

Lugh was a hero and High King of the Tuatha Dé Danann, associated with the sun. He was a highly skilled God, proficient in multiple arts such as the smithing, carpentry, poetry, music and combat.

Ogma was a hardened battle God who had mellowed with age. From this aged warrior came the gift of poetry and writing. An ancient Celtic script known as Ogham was named after him, reminding us how eloquent the Celts really were.

Bile was associated with the sacred tree (a prehistoric symbol associated with the heavens and the underworld). This made him a god of both light and darkness, life and death. However, he was mostly associated with summer and fertility, where it was said bring life and vitality to the world.

Aengus was a dark and mysterious God associated with love, poetry and romance. It was said that no woman could set eyes upon him without falling madly in love at the sound of his magical harp. He is sometimes called Angus the Young for he was conceived and born the same day.

Dian Cécht was the God of healing and physician to the Tuatha Dé Danann. One of his greatest feats was to construct a silver mechanical hand for the god of war, Nuada (after it was cut off in a bloody battle). It was said this prosthetic could move as well as a real hand.

Goibniu was the smith and brewmaster of the Tuatha Dé Danann. He was described as a master smelter whose weapons were always lethal, but he was more renowned for his brews which were said to give the drinker invulnerability. As a brewmaster he was unsurpassed and his beer gave the drinker divine immortality.

Luchtaine, Goibniu and Creidhne were known as the Trí Dée Dána, the three gods of art, who forged the weapons which the Tuatha Dé used to battle the Fomorians. It is said that Creidhne fashioned King Nuada's silver hand, together with Dian Cecht.

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