By Jon D. Mikalson
Ancient Greek Religion presents an advent to the elemental ideals, practices, and significant deities of Greek religion.
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Balor’s gaze was thus misdirected toward his own men. Those who were not killed fled in terror. The Fomorians, defeated, were exiled from Ireland forever. The battle goddesses Mórrígan and Badb declared the end of the battle. The twice-victorious Tuatha Dé Danann went on to rule Ireland for nearly 300 years. cattle raids One of the story types found in Celtic myth. The term describes the theft of cattle from a neighboring kingdom or a battle between kingdoms over the animal. The most famous text in this category is Táin Bó Cúailnge (The Cattle Raid of Cooley).
Led by Lugh, the Tuatha Dé Danann had honed their magical skills, which they used to advantage in the second battle with the Fomorians. There were many casualties on both sides, but the healer Dian Cécht and his children restored life to many dead Tuatha Dé Danann warriors. Balor, the mighty one-eyed Fomorian giant, was still a massive threat. He dispatched Nuadu easily before meeting Lugh on the battlefield. With a flick of his wrist, Lugh cast a rock into the giant’s evil eye and caused it to roll back in his head.
A tribe of Celts invaded and defeated Rome. , Celtic tribes described by Greek authors as a race of “milk white-skinned people” invaded and sacked the Greek city of Delphi. , invade England. Only Ireland, because of its sheltered spot west of England, lay beyond the Romans’ reach. Celtic culture, language, and myths remained protected on that small island (although often sacrificed or suppressed due to Catholicism) for another fifteen centuries, until the British king Henry VIII proclaimed himself king of Ireland in 1541.
Ancient Greek Religion (Blackwell Ancient Religions) by Jon D. Mikalson