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An uncommon appreciation of language 10 10 | C eltic M ythology among the ancient Celts is a quality attested by several classical writers, while the similarities between Gaulish Ogmios and the Irish Ogma are hard to ignore. It seems reasonable to suppose we have in this story by Lucian a taste of the rich Gaulish mythology about Ogmios, a god who led men by the strength of the spoken word. Goddesses in ancient Celtic religion were more than just consorts of powerful gods. As with Gaulish Minerva described by Caesar, these female deities have their own powers, worshipers, and mythology, though once again there are only tantalizing hints at what these stories were.

The Dagda took the child to the house of Midir in Brí Léith to be fostered. Óengus was raised there for nine years among three times fifty boys and the same number of girls. Óengus was the greatest among the youth and the favorite of Midir because of his beauty and nobility. ” One day Óengus had a quarrel with one of the boys in the house of Midir named Triath of the Fir Bolg, a tribe conquered by the Tuatha Dé when they came to Ireland. “I shouldn’t even be speaking to the son of a slave,” said Óengus to Triath contemptuously.

At last, the Tuatha Dé came to Bres and complained that he was not a just king. He asked that he might have seven more years to rule and change his ways. The people at last consented—​but Bres had no intention of reforming. He planned to use the time to gather an army from the Formorians so that he might destroy the Tuatha Dé. Bres went to the land of his father Elatha and asked for soldiers to fight the Tuatha Dé. When the Tuatha Dé discovered this, they expelled Bres from the throne and made 21 T he B ook of I nvasions | 21 Nuadu king again.

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