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Goibniu: Irish Celtic God of Blacksmithing and Beer

Goibniu, the Gaelic Hephaestus, who made the Tuatha Dé Dannan, the people of the goddess Danu, invulnerable and immortal with his magical mead, and was also the forger of their weapons. The name is derived from goban = smith. Goibniu was part of the triad of the gods of craftsmanship, alongside Luchtainé, the divine carpenter, …

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Nuada Airgetlam: Story of the King of the Tuatha Dé Danann

The most ancient Celtic or Irish divinity of whom we have any knowledge is Danu herself, the goddess from whom the whole hierarchy of gods received its name of Tuatha Dé Danann. She was the universal mother. Her husband is never mentioned by name, but one may assume him, from British analogies, to have been …

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Aegaeon & the Hecatoncheires from Greek Mythology

Aegaeon (Αἰγαίων), a son of Uranus by Gaea. Aegaeon and his brothers Gyges and Cottus are known under the name of the Uranids (Hes. Th. 502, &c.), and are described as huge monsters with a hundred arms [Hecatoncheires – ἑκατόγχειρες – in Greek] and fifty heads. (Apollod. 1.1.1; Hes. Th. 149, &c.) Most writers mention the …

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The Aeacides: Sons of Aeacus & Heroes of Greek Mythology

Also known as Aiakides or Aiakídai(Αἰακίδης), a patronymic name that derives from Aeacus, the son of Zeus and Aegina (daughter of River-God Asopus). The name Aecides or Aiakides is given to various of Aeacus’s descendants: Peleus: a son of Aeacus and Endeis, was king of the Myrmidons at Phthia in Thessaly. Peleus and Telamon resolved …

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Adranus: Ancient Sicilian God Worshipped in Adranum

Adranus, a Sicilian divinity who was worshipped in all the island of Sicily, but especially at Adranus, a town near Mount Aetna. (Plut. Tim. 12; Diod. 14.37.) Hesychius (s. v. Παλικοί) represents the god as the father of the Palici. According to Aelian (Ael. NA 11.20), about 1000 sacred dogs were kept near his temple. Some modern …

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