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Month: December 2015

The Dagda’s Cauldron – new Celtic book for December 2015

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It was with great pleasure that we heard from one of our dear French friends, an author and Bagpiper, Valéry Raydon, when he let us know that he was going to release a book about the famous Cauldron of the Dagda. It is scheduled for release this Christmas by Terre de Promesse. The author was born in Nimes in 1973 and has a doctorate in Ancient History. As well as being an independent researcher, he is the author of several books of illustrated stories, as well as scientific articles and essays on the relationship between the Celtic and Indo-European Mythologies. Errors and inaccuracies in the following translation are purely mine and not those of the author of the book.

“The Cauldron of the Dagda” is the first major study of its kind

The Irish Druid-God the Dagda’s Cauldron of Abundance has long piqued the curiosity of amateurs, Celtic scholars and even professional academics. The scarcity of original sources, as well as the lateness and Christian overlay of any mythological sources that refer to the Cauldron, have meant that no major study has been devoted so far to its divine attributes and meaning as could have been encountered in Gaelic and pre-Christian religious thought, especially about the theology of the god, the Dagda.

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New statue of sea god Manannán Mac Lir ready for replacement

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A replacement for the sculpture of a Celtic sea god that was stolen from Binevenagh mountain is ready to be installed.

The BBC reported that the Manannán Mac Lir was taken from its spot on the mountain near Limavady, County Londonderry, in January.

It was later found by a rambling group who then sought the help of soldiers on a training exercise.

A date has not yet been set for the new statue to be erected. Game of Thrones artist John Darren Sutton said the new 9ft sculpture is ready to be installed

Manannán Mac Lir will now stand proud again!

A spokesperson for Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council said:

“We are delighted that Mr Sutton has completed the new sculpture of Mannanán Mac Lir. We look forward to the return of the artwork at Gortmore viewpoint in the very near future.”

The sculptor John Darren Sutton told the BBC he was “delighted”.

“It takes a while to get these things right so I’m happy that he is ready.

“He’ll be on his way to Limavady and the mountain soon.”

The statue installed in 2014 was a popular tourist attraction

The original sculpture, which had been badly damaged, was found about 300m from Gortmore viewpoint.

Thieves left a wooden cross in place of the statue with the words “you shall have no other gods before me”.

The fibre glass statue sparked an online campaign and a missing persons appeal by police.

Former Limavady Borough Council agreed to replace the statue, at a cost of £10,000.

SDLP councillor Gerry Mullan said:

I’m very excited at the prospect of Manannán Mac Lir returning home. People from all over the world came to get photographs with it. Lets hope that happens again.

“I urge people to take care of him and we hope a similar act doesn’t happen again.

“Santa may even stop by to see him.”

[Source: BBC News]


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Ancient Irish Horn brought to life by 3D Printing

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Billy Ó Foghlú is a PhD student studying archaeology at the Australian National University (ANU) reports the All3DP website. After 3D printing a replica of a Bronze Age artefact, long believed to be a spear butt, he uncovered evidence that it was actually a mouthpiece from an ancient Irish horn.

The artefact, known as the Conical Spear Butt of Navan and found in Ireland in the early 1900s, was likely to have been crafted between 100BC and 200AD.

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