On Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 7:43 AM, Dennis King <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> “Irish kings in the ancient period were replaced after a number of years.
>> The old king would be sacrificed and a new king chosen. It ties in with
>> their religious beliefs surrounding the solar deity (male) and the deity of
>> the land (female). The king ties in with the solar cycle – the waxing and
>> waning of the sun.” - Ned Kelly, National Museum of Ireland
I have never read anywhere that the kings were killed "periodically."
There were perhaps occasions when kings were sacrificed to the gods
because they have violated their geasa or there was a loss of
prosperity in the land. Usually Irish kings were killed in battle or
by those who wanted to be the king. The only periodic factor involved
there was the succession of rule from one generation to another.