I´m looking into ideas and names related to the sun in late pagan Ireland, just before Christianity. So far I´ve read many things but couldn’t get to conclusions.
Among different theories, some authors seem to relate the sun to different male gods and sometimes the very common ideas of a wheel, a chariot or a man on horseback appear (Eochaid: for some, this figure is Dagda himself (“Eochaid Ollathair”), but not for all). Under the male figures, I´ve seen the sun associated also to the druid Mog Ruith (because of the wheel connection).
For other authors, the concept for the sun is feminine and Grían is the name of a goddess.
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).
I´ve already consulted many works, including the ones from Miranda Green. I would appreciate any help that can “illuminate” me (literally) a little bit in this matter J Thanks.
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