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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Cu Chulainn

Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The son of the God Lugh and Deichtine, sister of the King of Ulster. His original name was Setanta and took the new name when he killed the guard dog Culann and offered to take its place until a replacement could be reared.

He was known for his bravery and prowess in battle. In fact he was known as one of the greatest ancient heroes of Irish mythology. And he had some similarities with other people of myth, like Hercules.

Cuchulain fell in love with Emer and asked her to marry him. Emer insisted that Cuchulain must first prove his valor by undergoing a series of trials and sent him to the war goddess Scatha to be trained in warfare. On his journey to Scatha, Cuchulain had to pass through the plain of Ill Luck, where sharp grasses cut travelers' feet, and through the Perilous Glen, where dangerous animals roamed. Then Cuchulain had to cross the Bridge of the Cliff, which raised itself vertically when someone tried to cross it. Cuchulain jumped to the center and slid to the opposite side.

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