When we think about mythology, the first thing that comes to mind is Greek mythology. Let’s face it, they have been one of the most significant forms of ancient beings known to man. But did you know that the stories roote from Celtic Mythology are just as fascinating and adventurous. Little do we know, these stories showcase heroism, love, war, and even the arts. If you ask us, we are just as intrigued when it comes to learning about Celtic Mythology as any Irish or Celtic individual.
Luckily, we stumbled upon 3 spellbinding stories that have sparked our interest and we hope that it does the same for you.
1. The Sea Monster Pirates
As mentioned, we have an idea of Greek gods and goddesses, but did you know that in Ireland we believe in something similar yet would be the complete opposite of these deities. They were believed to live under the sea and instead of gods and goddesses they were demonic giants. The variety of what they would look like would vary from those who told the story. However, they were believed to have one goal and that would be to overthrow those above them to claim their glory.
They were said to be giants that were busy fending off the people that wanted to conquer Ireland. There have also been accounts that claimed they were rulers over the domain of death. Then again, other stories have been shared that there was a team of Ireland’s major gods that conquered these “monsters” known as the Tuatha de Danan. It’s safe to say that we did have our version of Greek mythology, yet we had both sides of the coin, we had the demonic giants and the heroic gods.
2. Not Your Ordinary Cupid
When we think about Cupid, we immediately imagine a baby with wings flying around shooting arrows of love. In Celtic mythology, Cupid is different, he was known as Aengus the god of love. He isn’t a child, neither did he have wings, just imagine a scruffy bearded man and you hit the jackpot. One night, Aengus had a vivid yet realistic vision/dream wherein he fell in love with a strange young woman, when he woke up, he couldn’t sleep nor eat. He was rendered powerless.
Just like every love story ever told, he set off on a quest to find her, and luckily he did. He was filled with butterflies, excitement, and content, the plot twist is, his dream maiden was cursed and turned into a swan. Among the flock surrounding her, he was able to pinpoint who she was and decided to change into a swan as well. They got married and flew together forever.
3. Valiant Birds
Cuchulainn is the Achilles of Gaelic and Celtic mythology, he was a great warrior and hero to his countrymen. The story of Cuchulainn's wasting sickness is widely known. The Ulaid of northern Ireland have arrived at a great fair, where they are performing singing, dancing, and feats of size and athleticism. The warriors decide to slaughter the birds in order to give their wives beautiful, feathered ornaments.
When Cuchalainn emerges, he is bearded and ferocious, and with a single strike he brings all the birds crashing to the ground, to make them beautiful ornaments for his wife. Cuchulainn's spouse advises him against trying to strike a unique pair of birds that are clasped against one another, as they are divine beasts. Cuchalinn hits the birds with only a stone from a holster, but only manages to injure one of them. Causing him to be ill and trapped within an alternate universe wherein he falls in love with a deity. After such a treacherous journey he was rid off his illness and memory to prosper in the life of his choosing,
These stories are only some of the chivalrous yet interesting stories that we have heard and read about in Celtic mythology. We know that if we take a closer look at different pieces from a variety of sources, we would be shocked and impressed with what these stories have to offer.
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