I am stuck and need the help of listmembers.
As you know, I am writing a book about Asturian
mythology and the way it keeps ties with Celtic
beliefs. Now I am preparing the chapter about the god
of thunder, the god of sun, the god of the sky and the
god of war, who perhaps are all the same, and only
I`d like to know what is known with certainty,
concerning Celtic religion, about the gods of the sky.
1st.-Apparently, there is a god who bears the ray
and the wheel of sun and, riding a horse, defeats
devils of darkness (as represented in certain
Gaulish-Roman pillars). Which one is this? Lugh?
2nd.-Lugh is a god of craftmanship, a god of all
jobs, but his face is shining, and no one can look at
him Is he a solar god, too?
3rd.-Who is Taranis? Through his name, you would
regard him the god of storm, and the Romans identified
him as Iove. But, Is Taranis a name, or simply a
"nickname" of some other god, for instance Iove
Taranucnus meaning "Iove the bearer of ray"?
4th.-Why did Romans call "Mars" the god worshipped
in certain Gaulish mountains? Supposedly, the god who
sits on the top of a mountain is the god of sky. Maybe
this god has amidst the Celts a "warrior side", like
Odhin amidst norsemen?
My theory is, the god of sky is also the god of
sovereignity (according to Dumézil studies); that
doesn`t mean that, maybe, there is also a goddess who
takes part in the royal ceremony, but this is another
problem. Sovereignity has two aspects, Mitra-Varuna,
Iove-Dius Fidius, Odhin-Tyr, Romulus-Numa and so on.
In the Celtic world, Dagda represents the "good",
merciful aspect of sovereignity. Dagda is the old,
nice god who grants oaths, for instance. Then the
violent aspect of sovereignity must be embodied by a
young, violent god, the one represented in
Gaulish-Roman pillars. Maybe the Romans found this one
was bearing enough warlike features as to identify it
I don`t know, anyway, who is the sun god, and who is
the bearer of ray. If the same one is the bearer of
both, then...well then the gap between Celts, Norsemen
and Indians widens, because in those mythologies the
bearer of ray (Thor, Indra) belonged to the 2nd
function, but was NOT the god of sky, sun or
sovereignity (1st function).
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