Surrey, BC
Post #: 1,591
Spirits: Lugh

Lugh is an Irish Deity represented in Celtic Mythological Texts as a Hero and High King of the distant past. He is known by the epithets Lámhfhada (meaning "long arm" or "long hand), for his Skill with a Spear or Sling, In his left hand he wields the magical, bloodthirsty, living spear Areadbharand, for which he is known as Lugh Long-Arm. He fought with his fearsome War Hound Failinis.

Lugh's father is Cian of the Tuatha Dé Danann, and his mother is Ethniu, daughter of Balor, of the Fomorians. In Cath Maige Tuired their union is a Dynastic Marriage following an alliance between the Tuatha Dé and the Fomorians. As a young man Lugh travels to Tara to join the court of king Nuada of the Tuatha Dé Danann. The Doorkeeper will not let him in unless he has a Skill with which to serve the King. He offers his services as a Wright, a Smith, a Champion, a Swordsman, a Harpist, a Hero, a Poet, a Historian, a Sorcerer, and a Craftsman, but each time is rejected as the Tuatha Dé Danann already have someone with those Skills. But when Lugh asks if they have anyone with all those Skills simultaneously, the Doorkeeper has to admit defeat, and Lugh joins the Court and is appointed Chief Ollam of Ireland. He wins a Flagstone-Throwing Contest against Ogma, the Champion, and entertains the Court with his Harp.

The Tuatha Dé were at that time oppressed by the Fomorians, and Lugh is amazed how meekly they accept this. Nuada wonders if this young man could lead them to Freedom. Lugh is given command over the Tuatha Dé, and he made preparations for a War for Freedom.

Using Magic Artifacts that have been gathered for him, Lugh leads the Tuatha Dé Danann in the Second Battle of Mag Tuireadh against the Fomorians. The King Nuada is Killed in the Battle by the Formorian King Balor. Lugh then attacks Balor, and Balor opens his Terrible Magical Poisonous Eye that Kills all it looks upon and tries to use it to Kill Lugh, but Lugh shoots a Sling-Stone that Hits, Knocks Out and Destroys Balor’s Magical Eye. Seeing this causes Havoc on the Fomorian Army behind. With their Moral Broken, they Break Ranks and Flee. Thus, Lugh has succeeded in Vanquishing the Formorians.

Lugh then created a Harvest Celebrations and Festival and during this Festival of Lughnasadh in memory of his foster-mother, Tailtiu, held on 1 August at the Celtic Irish Town that bears her name, which is now known as Teltown, County Meath. The Festival of Lughnasad is now Celebrated throughout the Celtic World of Neo-Paganism. Horse races, the Marketing of the Seasons Early Harvests and Displays of Martial Arts were important activities at Lughnasad. However, Lughnasadh itself is a celebration of Lugh's triumph over the spirits of the Other World who had tried to keep the Harvests for themselves. It survived long into Christian times and is still Celebrated under a variety of names. Lúnasa is now the Irish Name for the Month of August.

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Burnaby, BC
Post #: 61
...the flying spaghetti monster will strike down all heathens, both you AND the baptists. And it will show no mercy. July is named after him, because Julius loved all pasta. But he doesn't love sinners and idolaters like yourself and thou shalt suffer in the eternal hells of pastafa, drowning in boiling tomato sauce.
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