Goddess Tailtiu  

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"TAILTIU" IS AN IRISH GODDESS OF THE MONTH OF "AUGUST "AND "MIDSUMMER", THE HALFWAY POINT BETWEEN THE SUMMER SOLSTICE AND THE AUTUMN EQUINOX. SHE IS LARGELY VIEWED AS A GODDESS OF THE EARTH, SOVEREIGNTY, HARVEST, AND FIRST GRAINS, PARTICULARLY OF WHEAT. SHE WAS ALSO REVERED AS A PATRON DEITY OF COMPETITION. MYTHS TELL US THAT SHE MADE HER HOME ON THE MAGICAL "HILL OF TARA, "FROM WHICH SHE DIRECTED THE CLEARING OF AN IMMENSE FOREST.

SHE WAS SAID TO BE THE FOSTER MOTHER OF THE LIGHT WHICH WAS EMBODIED IN THE GOD "LUGH", THE MOST GIFTED TALENTED OF ALL THE "DANAN"N. THE EX-QUEEN, NOW MARRIED TO A "DANANN "CHIEF, TOOK PARTICULAR CARE OF HER FOSTER CHILD AND HAD HIM TAUGHT IN ALL THE THEN KNOWN ARTS AND SCIENCES. WHEN "TAILTIU" DIED FROM EXHAUSTION," LUGH "HAD HER REMAINS INTERRED IN A GREAT PLAIN NEAR THE "RIVER BOYNE" iN COUNTY MEATH. HE ERECTED OVER HER GRAVE A LARGE SEPULCHRAL MOUND, WHICH, WITH OTHERS, REMAINS TO BE SEEN TO THIS DAY.

AND, AROUND THIS MOUND HE ORDERED THAT PUBLIC GAMES AND SPORTS, IN HONOR OF HIS BELOVED "TAITIU", SHOULD BE CELEBRATED FOREVER, AND FOR GENERATIONS IT WAS CELEBRATED, LASTING THE ENTIRE MONTH OF AUGUST. THE" FESTIVAL OF TAILTIU "BROUGHT BARDS AND STORYTELLERS TOGETHER FROM ALL OVER IRELAND. THEY PERFORMED AFTER THE EVENING FEASTING THAT BROUGHT TO AN END THE DAYS GIVEN OVER TO EVERY KNOWN KIND OF FIELD SPORT.

"L UGHNASSAD" IS A MEMORIAL TO HER DEATH AND HER SYMBOLIC REBIRTH.

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