>From: Richard Marsh <[log in to unmask]>
>"The name originally meant 'one who intoxicates' .... there is little
>doubt but that Meadhbh of Tara and Meadhbh of Cruachain were one and the
>same personage" (Ó hÓgáin, Myth, Legend and Romance, 1991, "Meadhbh".
As I said, what besides the etymology of her name would link her to the mead
> > And what makes her a "local aspect of the Mother Goddess"?
>Medb Leth-derg "would not permit any king in Temair (Tara) without his
>having herself as wife" (Eugene O'Curry, MS Mat., p. 480), among other
>attributes that show her to be a sovereignty/mother/earth goddess,
Why should one assume that all three would be combined in a single figure?
>for example her voice (from the earth) through the Lia Fáil approving the
>rightful king as her (the land's)consort, spreading her legs -- the
>standing stones Bloc and Bluigne -- as the king drove his chariot
>between them, the sile-na-gig on Bluigne, Rath Maeve 2 miles south of
I can see the links to sovereignty, though as far as I know your
assumptions, such as the voice of Medbh being associated with the Lia Fa/il,
are not cited in the literature--but I questioned your association with
"local aspect of the Mother Goddess." That assumes two things: one, that the
pre-Christian Irish associated mother goddess with sovereignty, and two,
that they though of a single "Mother Goddess" with aspects. The frist may be
possible, but the second sounds like a modern view of things.
> > Did Mr. Warner offer any evidence for this notion of a "god line"
>being other than his own speculation?
>Nothing as solid as a god-faxed map. He mentioned some references to
>archetypal charioteers driving cross-country in a straight line -- which if
>you're familiar with Irish roads you know is physically impossible -- but I
>don't remember specific references.
It's an interesting idea, but I think other explanations are possible.
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