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Postponing this instalment of Mythology Mondays

I’m sorry, but I need to postpone today’s Mythology Mondays post. (Gwyn ap Nudd was the winner, by the way!) It’s not ready, and I’ve been under the weather for the past week or so. I need a bit more time to put it together and instead of rushing and trying to finish it today (and having the work suffer, as well as my health), I’m just going to put it off till next Monday. WHICH MEANS there will be a new post on Monday the 16th AND on Monday the 23rd — I don’t want to get off

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Manannán: god of endless bacon

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This week we are talking about another one of my fave gods. Manannán Mac Lir is the Irish god of rain, mist, the sea, and the Otherworld. He first came into my life several years ago, and he’s been a huge part of it since. I’m going to try to talk about him a bit more neutrally in this post than I usually do at my religious blogs, but it’ll be hard, because I really love this dude. Ok, so. Manannán. Manannán is a psychopomp god — that means he’s a guardian deity between the realms of life and

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The Dagda: the good god with a killer harp

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Welcome to another instalment of Mythology Mondays! The winner of our poll was The Dagda, a member of the Tuatha De Danann. (Runner-up was Manannan Mac Lir.) I actually put him on the poll because I saw a post about him on Folklore Thursday a while back, and the picture shared of him made him look a lot like my husband. Or my husband looks like him. Anyway, it inspired me to read up more on him. (I’ve since discovered the picture is from Heroes of Camelot.) Anyway, the Dagda — High King of the Tuatha De Danann for

Mythology Mondays / The Bellica Trilogy / The Third Age

Hera: Queen of Heaven, Enforcer of Boundaries

Welcome to another installment of Mythology Mondays! Today we’re going to learn a bit about Hera, Greek Queen of the Gods. (Thanks to Kayla for suggesting her in the comments on my Facebook post!) Hera gets a bad rap, honestly, especially with TV shows like Hercules: The Legendary Journeys being one of the main ways most modern Westerners know of her. She’s seen as jealous and shrewish, a vindictive, scorned wife of the king of the gods. But let’s be real for a moment: if your partner slept around as much as Zeus did (according to the myths), wouldn’t

Mythology Mondays / The Bellica Trilogy / The Third Age

Hephaestus, renowned artificer of weapons and wheelchairs

Welcome to the first instalment of Mythology Mondays! Every other week (to start) I’ll be posting a short intro to a figure from mythology. Any mythology that I know something about is up for grabs — Hellenic, Roman, Irish, Buddhist — you name it, I might cover it. I’ve studied a lot of mythology over the years, both because I enjoy it and because it is rich fodder for fantasy world-building. Also because I’m a polytheist, but you already knew that, I think. Please note, for the purposes of these posts, the term “mythology” is not a pejorative. As