Sunday, April 1, 2018

A: Aengus og

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If you're Irish, this one might be familiar to you. In Celtic mythology, Aengus og  is the golden-harped god of love and beauty. Conceived and born in one day, he is described as attractive in both his looks and his nature. His kisses became invisible birds that whispered thoughts of love into the ears of young men and women. He drank the Ale of Immortality (bonus A for today!) brewed by Goibhniu, the god of the smith, which probably accounts for his eternal youthfulness. (Is it just me, or are the love gods/goddesses always young? I call ageism! Another A!) When Aengus traveled, four swans circled over him, which would have made it hard to sneak around without being noticed, I imagine.

Have a great day, and listen closely for those whispered thoughts of love...

See you tomorrow!





17 comments:

  1. LOL! Great presentation of this god. And I love that picture you chose.

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter - Weimar Germany

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! Got to love that sultry look, right?

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  2. It's the conceived and born in one day that got my attention. While I've never had children, I can imagine there are lots of female humans who would be more envious of that than his love god status.
    I love the Celtic gods. They're so interesting - kisses becoming invisible birds? Clever.
    Great start to the challenge.

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    1. Hi Karen! I thought the same thing about the one-day deal. :-)

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  3. I love mythology! Thanks for this one Jenny, will be following to see more ...

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    1. Hi Susan! Thanks for stopping by on day one!

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  4. I am Irish but missed this boy. Very interesting!

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    1. Hi Jacqui! Glad I could throw something new at you on day one!

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  5. I think you might be right on the ageism thing. At least Aengus og is a young man (I find baby cupid's unnerving).

    Returning your A-Z visit =)

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    1. That baby IS unnerving! Thanks, AJ!

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  6. Invisible birds -- love the imagery. Folklore and mythology is so rich in odd concepts.

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    1. Hi Ronel. I thought the invisible birds were a nice touch, too :-)

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  7. A great staret to what I'm sure will be an interesting and informative month! I must see if I xan track down some Ale of immortality!

    My Friend Rosey - B is for Boyfriend

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    1. Hi Keith! Colorado brews a lot of beer, but I've yet to see the Ale of Immorality :-)

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  8. I'm with you on the ageism, they're always young and beautiful ;) Invisible birds - I like that.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings - Movie Monsters

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  9. Let's say they are Ageless - that fits in with my 'A' is for an Ageless Attitude!
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

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