Cernunnos in Ogham.
Theres no horned god in Celtic myth., no green man but that might be because the symbols associated with a cernunnos cult were absorbed into a very popular saints cult.
The main feature of cernnunos is his antlers and the deer replaces the sheep as the flock metaphor in the life of patrick. He turns his followers into deer to protect them, his specific prayer is called the Deers Cry and its written in the same style as the lay of amergin that calls the land into being. He even finds his holy see when he rescues a fawn.
Another feature of Cernunnos statues is snakes. Ireland has no snakes and the expulsion of the snakes story isnt in the life of patrick, its only added on later by the anglo normans. But if patrick was a cernunnus cult figure hed absorb the snake.
Saint Patrick takes on a role in the seasonal battle at the lunasa festival. While its not the same thing as the popular pagan idea of a green man dying and reviving it is the irish version of it. A god liberating the fertility of the land from another winter god.
Saint brigid has become a reclaimed feminine divinity if its possible for one its possible for the others.
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Hymn to the Muse by Mesomedes (2nd Century AD).
Mesomedes of Crete was a Greek poet and composer. A freedman of the Roman Emperor Hadrian (24 Janury AD 76 - 10 July AD 138; reigned AD 117-138), he is associated with the Musaeum in Alexandria, a religious institution dedicated to the nine muses (the daughters of Zeus an Mnemosyne), which housed the Library of Alexandria and is the origin of our word museum. 15 poems by Mesomedes have survived, and until the discovery of the Seikilos Epitaph, some of these were the only known fragments of music from the ancient world.
Άειδε Μούσά μοι φίλη,
μολπής δ’ εμής κατάρχου,
αύρη δε σων απ’ άλσεων
εμάς φρένας δονείτω.
Μουσών προκαθαγέτι τερπνών,
και σοφέ Μυστοδότα,
Λατούς γόνε, Δήλιε, Παιάν,
ευμενείς πάρεστέ μοι.
"Sing, dearest Muse, and
help me start my song.
Let the breeze coming
through your forests
make my soul vibrate!
Oh, wise Calliope,
you the leader of
the gracious Muses,
and You wise Initiator
of the Mysteries,
Latona’s son, Delian,
Paean, offer your help,
being favorable to me!”
Clam found off Iceland was 507 - “the oldest animal on Earth”, until British scientists killed it
Another fucking story about humans killing fascinating creatures to “learn stuff”.
When a clam was dredged up from the bottom of the sea of Iceland, a team of scientists eagerly cracked it open - killing the oldest animal in the world.
The mollusc was 507 years old - when it was born, Michelangelo was just about to start work on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
The process of opening clams to study their “growth lines” is fatal. The clam was named Ming after the Chinese Ming Dynasty, which was in power when it was born.
How are Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and King George V of Great Britain related?
Aside from being twins?
Even though it looks like they could be twins or at least brothers, Nicholas and George were first cousins.
Their mothers were sisters.
This George is not to be confused with Nicholas’ brother George.