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Recently, there was some discussion on the list as to what the early Irish
scribes called the "gods" as opposed to the Christian "God." I realized
today that Cormac (or I should say the compiler of Sanas Cormaic) has his
own solution, as shown below:

Bil ó Bial .i. día ídal, unde beltine .i. tene Bil nó Beil.

The same phrase--idol god (though in the plural--appears in the well-known
passage on imbas forosnai in which the poet invokes his "idol gods."

Francine Nicholson