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« Reply #15: March 08, 2007, 03:50:47 pm »

Lily, you had me rolling around on the floor laughing!  That is a really great story.  Grin



Thanks, but the credit is entirely Darkhawk! Darkhawk posted that on the old forum, and I had to repost it (with proper credit, of course) here - it's my favorite story of all!
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« Reply #16: March 08, 2007, 07:01:09 pm »

You mean her virginity trial and the naming of Lugh?

I think you mean the naming of Lleu?
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« Reply #17: March 08, 2007, 08:50:48 pm »

Either.

Depends if you're spelling it Welsh, Gaelic, Anglizised Welsh, or Anglizised Gaelic.

"Llew of the long arm", "Lugh with the steady aim", "Llue with the lion's strike", "Llew of the sun". 

All the same.
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« Reply #18: March 08, 2007, 09:31:12 pm »

Either.

Depends if you're spelling it Welsh, Gaelic, Anglizised Welsh, or Anglizised Gaelic.

"Llew of the long arm", "Lugh with the steady aim", "Llue with the lion's strike", "Llew of the sun". 

All the same.

As I understand it, Lleu is the Welsh hero, whilst Lugh is the Irish god, and while they show a great deal of similarities and origins, and many agree that in terms of story, they are forms of the same kind of... character (if that's the right word)... they are different people, from different countries and stories.
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« Reply #19: March 08, 2007, 10:37:55 pm »

Either.

Depends if you're spelling it Welsh, Gaelic, Anglizised Welsh, or Anglizised Gaelic.

"Llew of the long arm", "Lugh with the steady aim", "Llue with the lion's strike", "Llew of the sun". 

All the same.

Sorry, hard polytheist here. As Finn said, they have a lot of similarities, but they're not the same.
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« Reply #20: March 08, 2007, 10:55:34 pm »

You mean her virginity trial and the naming of Lugh?

That would be Llew - different god completely. But yeah. I've been interested in her and all facets of her myth for a very long time.
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« Reply #21: March 08, 2007, 10:57:47 pm »

"Llew of the long arm", "Lugh with the steady aim", "Llue with the lion's strike", "Llew of the sun"

Lugh of Ireland and Llew Law Gyffes (sp) of Wales are two different deities.
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« Reply #22: March 09, 2007, 07:22:35 am »

Ok, so back to the original question....

Were you talking about her virginity trial and the naming of her son?
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« Reply #23: March 09, 2007, 08:56:37 am »

Ok, it took me a little while to figure out where the miscommunication was happening.

I thought Juni was questioning/correcting the spelling not clarifying the god I was talking about.

Unfortunately, depending on which modern translation or version of these myths you read often determines how the names are spelled.  Tie that to the fact that standardized spelling didn't happen in many countries until the 1700 or 1800's (AND Welsh was being actively repressed by the English) is just one of the issues that causes spelling variations of the god/desses names in these myths. 

Which was why initial reply "They're all the same" was so flip.  Not because I see them as all the same god.
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« Reply #24: March 11, 2007, 06:54:01 pm »

Were you talking about her virginity trial and the naming of her son?

I answered that question a couple of posts up:

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« Reply #25: March 11, 2007, 07:35:51 pm »

Since I've been doing some digging into a different set of mythologies lately, I wondered if anyone has a favorite story from their reading?  I have so many now, I don't know if I can narrow down my choices.

I have many favorite tales from around the world too, and it is always so hard to pick just one. I always liked the stories of Philemon & Baucis and Hermes stealing Apollo's cattle, from the Greek myths though. One of my favorite Native American tales goes something like this...

 An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside of me," he said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. This same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee replied, simply, "The one you feed the most."

In the Celtic tales, stories vary greatly depending on who is telling the tale lol. I guess the first time I heard the story it was Oghma harp, but I have also heard it as Felimid's harp and Dagda's harp and the details vary as well. In each though, it was the harp and it's three magical strings that fascinated me; irresistable sleep, sorrow, and either laughter or death (again, depending on the storyteller). I don't know if I could actually pick a favorite tale from the Celtic legends though, as there are so many that I adore... The hound of Cullen, Lugh the All-Crafted, the voyage of Bran, Finn with his disappearing deer mother and later, wife... no, I don't think I could pick a favorite there lol.

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« Reply #26: March 12, 2007, 08:22:32 am »

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside of me," he said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. This same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee replied, simply, "The one you feed the most."


I think that I have actually heard a simplified version of this tale. The one that I heard was very simple, good wolf, bad wolf (except I can't remember if the one I heard was a wolf or something else). The one I heard didn't specify Cherokee, but the point was the same. I thought it was ok at the time, but seeing the better version, it's not just "ok", I really like it. Thanks.
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« Reply #27: May 08, 2007, 10:15:18 am »

Since I've been doing some digging into a different set of mythologies lately, I wondered if anyone has a favorite story from their reading?  I have so many now, I don't know if I can narrow down my choices.  lol 

Darkhawk's version of the story of Set and Heru.

The Egyptian Creation myth.  As many have said on the old forum:  If I was a teacher and had to teach Intelligent Design, I would tell this story first (along with the Greek tale of Ouranos having sex with his mother Gaia while she slept)

The story of Sekmet getting drunk on what she thought was blood and the story of Kali drinking blood (odd how many of these are not Greek)

The story of Ganymeades -- probably the only homoerotic Greek Myth that doesn't have a tragic ending (unless you take into account some of the obscure stories where Athena, Artemis and Aphrodite bring Hyacinthus' soul to Olympus)
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« Reply #28: May 21, 2007, 11:38:33 pm »

Aset tricking Ra into giving Her his True Name.  I think that's one of my favorites.  Aset in the Contendings of Heru and Set. 

http://netjeru.comicgenesis.com/d/20060530.html Great comic about that myth.
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« Reply #29: May 22, 2007, 07:08:36 am »


I like that artist's style - thanks for the link! Smiley
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