Lugh and Tailtiu God and Goddess of Lughnasadh

The Festivals of Lughnasadh honor Lugh and his Foster mother Tailtiu,God and Goddess of Lughnasadh. Lughnasadh festival is said to have been begun by the god Lugh as a funeral feast and sporting competition in commemoration of his foster-mother, Tailtiu,

Lugh/Lugh Lamhfada[of the Long Arm]Llew/Llaw Gyffes[bright one of the skillful hand]Ireland and Wales. His feast is Lughanassadh, a harvest festival. He is associated with ravens. His symbol was a white stag in Wales. Lugh had a magick spear and rod sling. He was a many talented being who was a skilled carpenter, mason, smith, harper, poet, physician, and goldsmith. He is the God of Sorcery, Poetry, History, Carpenters, he is associated with war, magick, commerce, reincarnation, arts and crafts, manual arts, blacksmiths, poets, harpers, musicians, historians, healing and revenge.

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 In the Lebor Gabála Érenn Cian gives the boy to Tailtiu, queen of the Fir Bolg, in fosterage.

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 and historian, a sorcerer, and a craftsman, but each time is rejected as the Tuatha Dé Danann already have someone with that skill. 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 Danann are 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 Danann, and he begins making preparations for war, A war in which Lugh kills his grandfather Balor.

Tailtiu or Tailltiu and earth goddess was the wife of Eochaid mac Eirc, last Fir Bolg High King of Ireland, who named his capital after her (Telltown, also known as Taillten between Navan and Kells). She survived the invasion of the Tuatha Dé Danann and became the foster mother of Lugh.

Tailtiu is said to have died of exhaustion after clearing the plains of Ireland for agriculture. Lugh established a harvest festival and funeral games, Áenach Tailteann, in her honour, which continued to be celebrated as late as the 18th century.

The first Áenach Tailteann, later the Taillten Fair, was held at Telltown. Historically, the Áenach Tailteann was a time for contests of strength and skill, and a favored time for contracting marriages and winter lodgings. A peace was declared at the festival, and religious celebrations were also held. Aspects of the festival survive in the celebrations of Lughnasadh, and were revived as the Telltown Games for a period in the twentieth century.

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