Artist's image of Lugh, the Sun god.
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Nate Proulx, Windows to the Universe Original
For the Celts, who lived in central Europe, Lugh was a Sun
The underworld god Balor was his grandfather. Balor was the leader of the
Fomorii. The Fomorii were evil people that lived in the underworld.
According to a prophecy, Balor was to be killed by a grandson. To prevent the happening of the prophecy, Balor tried to kill his grandson, but Lugh miraculously survived. Lugh was secretly raised by the god of the sea ,Manannan, and became an expert warrior.
When he reached manhood, he joined the peoples of the goddess
Dana, named the Tuatha De Danaan, to help them in their struggle against
the Fomorii and Balor. Balor had an evil eye capable of killing
whomever looked at it. Lugh threw a magic stone ball into Balor's eye, and
Lugh corresponds to the Welsh god Lleu and the Gallic Lugos. From Lugh's
name derives the names of modern cities such as Lyon, Laon and Leyden.
Today, people remember the figure of Lugh with a festival which
commemorates the beginning of the harvest in August.
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