This week for the diety of the week I decided that I am going to cover some of the Gods that many have not heard of. This week we travel to Ireland to take a look at the God of love, youth and poetic inspiration. Often times portrayed with four bird circling his head, this may be where the idea of signing a letter to loved ones with four x's comes from.
One of the members of the Tuatha De Danann, which is the people of the Goddess Danu, he was born and conceived in one day. This was possible because the God Dagda was having an affair with Boann and so to hide the affair he caused the sun to stand still for nine months.
Once he had a dream of a young maiden, that he fell in love with in his dream. He awoke lovesick and him and the Dagda searched all of Ireland. He finally came to the lake of the Dragon's Mouth and found 150 maidens chained in gold. Among these he found her, Caer.
She was the daughter of Ethal and Anubal, a prince of the Dananns of Connact. On November 1st all the maidens turned into swans. Aengus was told that if he could identify her among all the swans then he could marry her.
So on the first of November he went out to the lake and called for his love. She came and he turned himself into a swan and they flew off making beautiful music together. So beautiful that all that heard it slept for three days.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Aengus Mac Og