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Subject: Re: Bel?
From: rlivingston1488 <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scholars and students of Old Irish <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 4 May 2004 14:00:44 -0700

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> - Chris Gwinn wrote:
> I wouldn't put too much stock into the Pictish king lists, as many of the
> forms seem to be corrupt.

Actually, in the case of "Bredei filius Bili", the name is repeated in the
Annals of Ulster (693) as "Bruide m. Bili, rex Fortrend".  And "Nechtan
filius Derilei" is repeated in 726 as "Nectan m. Deir Ile".  As far as the
origin of the diety "Bel", he (she?) was worshiped by the Phoenicians as a
Sun god and honored with a temple in the ancient city of Palmyra on the
ancient trade route from Tyre and Beruit to Mesopotamia.


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