Thanks very much, Dennis. Indeed, the association of sun and eye is not unprecedented at all and appears in many other cultures. ;)
> Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2009 09:28:21 -0800
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> Subject: Re: Grían
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> Kitiara Denus wrote:
> > Finally, there is the theory that the real name of the sun, as it
> > happens with other heavenly bodies, such as the moon, was taboo to
> > use and that Grían (brilliance, radiance) is a word used to avoid
> > saying the true name (but I still don´t know what kind of figure
> > lies behind).
> > I´ve read also that the name Sol (used by romans for their god
> > “Sol invictus) can be found also in irish sources and that it might
> > or might not be a latin borrowing (any extra information about this
> > or any text where we can find the reference? I´m interested in this
> > one since it is the same word we still use in spanish).
> It appears that the Irish reflex of the IE word for "sun" underwent a
> semantic shift early on. Here's what I said on the Focal an Lae site
> years ago:
> History: Old Irish “súil” comes from Common Celtic *sūlis, which
> derives from Indo-European *sāwel- (sun). The metaphorical leap from
> “sun” to “eye” may seem extreme, but is not unprecedented.
> “Súil” is thus cognate with various “sun” words, from Welsh
> “haul” to Latin “sol”, which yields English cognates such as
> “solar”. The Irish word for “sun” is the completely unrelated
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