Lughnasadh – Ancient Festival

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

In Irish mythology, the Lughnasadh festival is said to have been begun by the god Lugh (Lú) as a funeral feast and athletic competition in commemoration of his mother (or foster-mother) Tailtiu. She was said to have died of exhaustion after clearing the plains of Ireland for agriculture. Tailtiu may have been an earth goddess who represented the dying vegetation that fed mankind. The funeral games in her honour were called the Óenach Tailten or Áenach Tailten and were held at Tailtin in what is now Co Meath. The Óenach Tailten was similar to the Ancient Olympic Games and included ritual athletic and sporting contests. The event also involved trading, the drawing-up of contracts, and matchmaking. At Tailtin, trial marriages were conducted, whereby young couples joined hands through a hole in a wooden door. The trial marriage lasted a year and a day, at which time the marriage could be…

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5 Responses to Lughnasadh – Ancient Festival

  1. Monochrome nightmares says:

    A wonderful and very
    interesting post.

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  2. oglach says:

    Glad you enjoyed it, thanks for stopping by,

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  3. I think the Puck Festival sounds like fun; although don’t say it too fast! I liked reading a bit about Irish mythology. I must look into that a bit more! Thanks for pointing out the website 🙂

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    • oglach says:

      Actually, if you say “Puck Festival” really fast, you have something even more fun than the actual Puck Festival. If you’re interested in Irish mythology, a good place to start is “Over Nine Waves” by Marie Heaney. Stair na hEireann is a really good website; I read it almost every day. Thanks for stopping by.

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