He would ride a horse across the horizon carrying with him fire and the sun. It was in his name that the Belentine ceremony was performed in which all the herds and people would pass between two mounds of fire to be made pure and protected against the spirits and spiritual elements before they go out to pasture at the start of the spring season when the ferries and nymphs are freed to roam.
Celtic tales of the deity were largely oral tradition, eventually to be replaced by the written word then by conquests from every subsequent civilization. The tragedy begs some very poignant questions; who gets to decide which belief systems is valid, what happens to ours as it evolves after and beyond us, and whose voice gets to be identified or erased in the process?
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Skip to content The Celtic deity, Belenus, has come to be associated with gods of various other religions, that while similar, the associations are every bit as contested if not more than they are confirmed.
In fact, Belenus had so many associations throughout the ages that he virtually lost his own story and identity in the assimilation.This article, Belenosis strictly property of Zion3xX.
Despite dilution through the generations, Belenos is capable of picking up many of the Uzumaki's natural traits. Disowned by his family and sent to the Reiss Orphanage at the age of 8, evidently, Belenos was capable of escaping, becoming one of the few survivors of the Reiss Orphanage Massacre. The word that best represents Belenos best is immoral, being that he completely lacks them.
To put it bluntly, Belenos is often considered "evil". Extremely strong-minded, Belenos' views and ambitions are firm. From a time before being admitted to the Reiss Orphanage, Belenos would learn manners, and morals from his mother, but after finding out the truth of his mother and his past he'd subconsciously block these from within his own mind. Belenos views his actions as such, mere actions and fails to think of the repercussions of them nor the innate effect of them.
Belenos doesn't view himself as a bad guy, nor does he care about what most others think of him and his actions. He can; however, find the opinions of those he cares for to be significant if openly voiced with concern towards him.
Belenos' wicked ways are also aided by a slight insanity, hearing voices within his head and seeing many dark things within his dreams.
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Belenos is a sadist, gaining tremendous amounts of gratification from inflicting pain to others and himself the same. Belenos doesn't view this as wrong and doesn't even care to give a second thought to the opinion nor feelings of those he tortures. Belenos even takes great sexual pleasure when feeling pain inflicted by a female.
This has caused him to appear as creepy during fights as he basks in the pool of pain that he longs for. Making the reasons he fights, the pleasure of inflicting pain, and feeling alive through pain drives his will to continue to grow his strength and participate in combat for recreation.
He will even often inflict pain to himself through various means, even resorting to slicing his own Achilles tendon at a point in his life. Belenos is very eager to kill those who cross him, or whom he find disrespectful to him or his friends, even threatening to kill children and possibly even following up on said threats in the past.
Belenos is an avid pyromaniac, stemming from his natural affinity for Fire Release, and a love for heat. His pyromania is often enough to completely take priority over all other situations, even reveling in the face of flames when witnessing the burning of a full church.
Belenos views flames as beautiful, and takes great pride in the flames he creates through the use of Fire Release and Sun Release both. The hotter the flames the better when it comes to Belenos, and he has even expressed sexual satisfaction from blue and black flames respectively due to the unique color.
He one day dreams of creating ultraviolet flames, those that cause the discourage of looking at the sun, nuclear explosions and arc-welding flames. This pyromania also ties into his sadism as he has been shown burning himself with candles and open flames for enjoyment. Above all, Belenos remains light-hearted, shrugging off most problems mentally and physically and always being able to crack jokes in all situations.
He has grown to completely ignore negativity and always hold his head high. This has caused for him to show a total lack of care for human life, even if it may be his own as apparent by his extreme forms of sadism. After discovering the truth of his family, Belenos has a hard time growing any mental attachment to others and only holds any compassion whatsoever for his fellow Reiss siblings.
Belenos has an unimaginable amount of pride, soaring through the atmosphere, Belenos would do whatever if takes to be sure he never falls to shame. He is able to admit when he's outclassed, or outwitted regardless but would continue to fight regardless, pushing himself to get better. Despite his situation, Belenos can continue to talk shit. Belenos comes off as calm and collected in combat, but he is always bloodlusted when fighting. He may continue to make wisecracks, but is always aiming to go for the quickest possible kill.
He always aims for brutal kills, and despite his love for torture would want to win as quick as possible. He fights with grace and maintains his composure even though he never fights conservatively. Belenos has extensive reserves of chakra, and is almost always exerting it from his body when in combat.
He has no regard for stamina and intends for all fights to end quickly. He is sure to be observant to find weak points to make sure that fights don't last longer than required, so he never has situations where he is low on chakra or stamina before the fight ends.
Belenos is a lean muscular man, with tan skin and amber eyes that he refers to as gold.Belenus also Belenos, Belinus, Bel, Beli Mawr is a sun god from Celtic mythology and, in the 3rd century, the patron deity of the Italian city of Aquileia. Called the "Fair Shining One" or "The Shining God"he was one of the most ancient and most-widely worshiped Celtic deities and is associated with the ancient fire festival and modern Sabbat Beltane.
Perhaps like Apollowith whom he became identified in the Augustan History Belenos was thought to ride the Sun across the sky in a horse-drawn chariot. Tertullianwriting in c. Inscriptions dedicated to Belenus are concentrated in the Eastern Alps and Gallia Cisalpinabut there is evidence that the popularity of the god became more widespread in the Roman period. The third-century emperors Diocletian and Maximian each dedicated an inscription to Belenus in the region of Aquileia.
In epigraphy, the forms Belenus, Belinus and Bellenus are on record. Other variants may be corruptions of the same name; thus, a single inscription found near Oulx has Belanus and Herodian has Belin. Suggestions are informed by the identification with Apollo, but the wide range of attributes of Apollo as the god of light, knowledge, music and poetry, mantic oracles, healing and medicine, etc.
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This herb contains the deliriant drug scopolamine. This plant would have been extensively used by the druids of the tribes located where the plant grew. The content of the psychoactive experience caused by the plant helps us to understand the origin of the archetype of the god Belenus.
Henbane in Latin was known as apollinaris herba "herb of Apollo". In ancient Gaul and Britain, Apollo may have been equated with fifteen or more different names and epithets notably GrannosBorvoMaponusMoritasgus and others. An epithet of Belenus may have been Vindonnus.Valkyrie Profile All specials
The sanctuary was based on a curative spring. Part of the temple pediment survives, bearing an inscription to the god and to the spirit of the springs and, above it, the head of a radiate sun-deity. Many votive objects were brought to the shrine, some of oak, and some of stone. Some offerings take the form of images of hands holding fruit or a cake; others represent the parts of the body requiring a cure.
In many cases the pilgrims appear to have suffered from eye afflictions.BelenusCeltic: possibly, Bright Oneone of the most ancient and most widely worshipped of the pagan Celtic deities; he was associated with pastoralism. A great fire festival, called Beltane or Beltinewas held on May 1 and was probably originally connected with his cult.
On that day the cattle were purified and protected by fire before being put out to the open pastures for the summer. Despite associations of his name with fire or the sun, Belenus was not a sun god; in fact, there is no Celtic evidence for the worship of the sun as such, even though it was often used in religious imagery. There are about 31 extant dedications to Belenus, an unusually high number for a religion that specialized in the number and diversity of its divine names and epithets. The cult of Belenus was practiced in northern Italy, Noricum in the eastern Alps, southern Gauland probably Britain.
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See Article History. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: Beltane. Beltanefestival held on the first day of May in Ireland and Scotland, celebrating the beginning of summer and open pasturing. Beltane is first mentioned in a glossary attributed to Cormac, bishop of Cashel and king of Munster, who…. Myth, a symbolic narrative, usually of unknown origin and at least partly traditional, that ostensibly relates actual events and that is especially associated with religious belief.
It is distinguished from symbolic behaviour cult, ritual and symbolic places or objects temples, icons. Myths are…. History at your fingertips. Sign up here to see what happened On This Dayevery day in your inbox! Email address.Posted By: Dattatreya Mandal July 2, When it comes to the ancient Celtsthe scope is not really about a singular group of people who dominated some specific region or realm.
Instead, we are talking about a vast and variegated culture that made its presence felt all the way from the Iberian peninsula Spain and Portugal and Ireland to the frontiers of Liguria in Italy and the upper Danube.
Suffice it to say, their mythology rather mirrored this multifarious scope, with various tribes, chiefdoms, and even later kingdoms having their own set of folklore and pantheons. Essentially, what we know as Celtic mythology and whom we know as Celtic gods and goddesses is borrowed from a patchwork of oral traditions and local tales that were conceived in pre-Christian Gaul FranceIberia, Britain, and Ireland.
Furthermore, these regional Celtic gods had their cognates and associated deities in other Celtic cultures, with the apt example of Lugus — as he was known in Gaul, and Lugh — as he was known in Ireland.
To that end, in this article, we have mainly focused on the ancient Celtic gods and goddesses of Ireland and Gaul, with the former having its distinct mythical narrative preserved in part by medieval Irish literature.
So, without further ado, let us take a gander at 15 ancient Celtic gods and goddesses you should know about. Counted among the oldest of the ancient Celtic gods in Ireland, Ana also known as AnuDanaDanuand Annan possibly embodied the primordial scope, with her epithets describing her as a mother goddess.
Thus the Celtic goddess, often portrayed as a beautiful and mature woman, was associated with nature and the spiritual essence of nature, while also representing the contrasting yet cyclic aspects of prosperity, wisdom, death, and regeneration. The goddess Don in Welsh mythology was also often associated with her matronly Irish counterpart. As for the historical side of affairs, Ana or her related deitiesin spite of her relative inconspicuousness in folkloric references, was counted among the major Celtic gods not only in Ireland but also in Britain and Gaul.
These facets do explain his renown and veneration among the Celtic druids. Curiously enough, the Celtic god also carried a huge magic cauldron coire ansic that was bottomless — and was accompanied by a humongous ladle that could fit two people, thus alluding to his power of abundance and penchant for food.
And in spite of his seemingly oafish physical characteristics, the Dagda took numerous lovers, including Morrigan — the Celtic goddess of war and fate discussed later. In the mythical narrative, to cover up his illicit affair and consequent pregnancy of Bionnthe Dagda who was the leader of the Celtic gods and could magically control the weather made the sun stand still for nine months, which resulted in Aengus being birthed in just a single day.
In any case, Aengus turned out to be a lively man with a charming if somewhat whimsical character who always had four birds hovering and chirping around his head. But his status in ancient Ireland as a patron of young lovers was borne by his own love for Caer Ibormeitha girl who was seen in a dream by the god.
Aengus was then able to find her and marry after instantly recognizing his muse as one of the swans since Caer turned into a swan every alternate year. And befitting his status as one of the preeminent Celtic gods, he was often portrayed with his armor, helmet and invincible spear Gae Assail.
Befitting this cryptic epithet, in the mythical narrative, Morrigan was capable of shapeshifting who usually transformed into a crow — the badb and foretelling doom, while also inciting men into a war frenzy. Morrigan was often associated with other warlike Celtic gods like MachaBadband Nemainand thus sometimes she was presented as a composite figure of the trinity who were also collectively portrayed as a group of beautiful women having the ability to transform into balefully screeching crows over battlefields.
And talking of the mythical narrative, Morrigan was romantically linked with the aforementioned Dagda and had a tryst with the chieftain of gods on Samhain. Consequently, she magically aided him against the war with the Formorii. In contrast to the brooding aspects of MorriganBrigidin pre-Christianity Ireland, was regarded as the Celtic goddess of healing, spring season, and even smithcraft.
Beyond the narrative, it is the history of Brigid as one of the major Celtic gods in Ireland that fascinates many aficionados. To that end, continuing the tradition of the Indo-European dawn goddess, Brigid was possibly sometimes venerated in her three aspects — the healer, the poet, and the smith.
In essence, she may have been a triple deity the composite of three entities. Furthermore, her eminence in at least Ireland stems from the possibility that pre-Christian Brigid was syncretized in the medieval times with the Catholic Saint Brigid of Kildare.
One of the most ancient and most widely worshiped of Celtic gods — who was venerated in Continental Europe, Britain and Ireland, Belenus also known as BelenosBeland Beli Mawr was the quintessential sun god in the Celtic mythology. Other representations depict Belenus as only riding his horse while throwing thunderbolts and using the wheel as his shield. Thus over time, Belenus was also associated with the healing and regenerative aspects of Apollowith healing shrines dedicated to the dual entities found across western Europe, including the one at Sainte-Sabine in Burgundy and even others as far away as Inveresk in Scotland.
From the Gaelic scope, we move on to ancient Gaul and their Celtic gods. In essence, he was possibly perceived as a crucial guardian entity who took up the role of the tribe protector, and thus his inscribed name TOT — as pictured above has been found in quite a few ancient artifacts in both Roman-Britain and Gaul.
Ist century Roman poet Lucan mentioned Teutates as one of the three major Celtic gods along with Esus and Taraniswhile by the aforementioned trait of interpretatio Romana, Toutatis was seen the equivalent of both Mars and Mercury.
Rather than being counted among the core Celtic gods, Camulos was possibly more of a Romano-Celtic deity, often associated with Mars or Greek Aresand thus was perceived as a god of war. However, his origins lie as the tribal god of the Remi, a Belgic tribe that dominated north-eastern Gaul comprising modern-day Belgium and parts of both Netherlands and Germany.Brennus or Brennos was a chieftain of the Senones.
In BC he led an army of Cisalpine Gauls in their attack on Rome and captured most of the city, holding it for several months. Brennus's sack of Rome was the only time in years the city was occupied by a non-Roman army before the fall of the city to the Visigoths in AD.
The Senones were a Gaulish tribe originating from the part of France at present known as Seine-et-MarneLoiretand Yonnewho had expanded to occupy northern Italy. In they invaded Etruria and besieged Clusium. The Clusines appealed to Rome. Quintus Fabius Ambustus and his two brothers were sent to negotiate with the Gauls. They allegedly broke their oath of neutrality by participating in hostilities outside of Clusium. Livy and Plutarch say that the Senones marched to Rome to exact retribution for this.
It is possible that the entire story of the events at Clusium is fiction, as Clusium had no real reason to appeal to Rome for help, and the Gauls needed no real provocation to sack Rome. The story, it is hypothesized, exists to provide an explanation for an otherwise unmotivated attack on Rome, and to depict Rome as a bulwark of Italy against the Gauls.
Rome had strong allegiances with Messanaa small city state in north east Sicily, which Dionysius wanted to control. Rome's army being pinned down by Brennus' efforts would assist Dionysius's campaign. In the Battle of the AlliaBrennus defeated the Romans, and entered the city itself. The Senones captured the entire city of Rome except for the Capitoline Hillwhich was successfully held against them. According to legend Marcus Manlius Capitolinus was alerted to the Gallic attack by the sacred geese of Juno.
However, seeing their city devastated, the Romans attempted to buy their salvation from Brennus. The Romans agreed to pay one thousand pounds weight of gold. According to Livy, during a dispute over the weights used to measure the gold the Gauls had brought their own, heavier-than-standardBrennus threw his sword onto the scales and uttered the famous words " Vae victis! One version of the story states that the argument about the weights had so delayed matters that the exiled dictator Marcus Furius Camillus had extra time to muster an army, return to Rome and expel the Gauls, saving both the city and the treasury and said to Brennus "Non auro, sed ferro, recuperanda est patria" which translates to "not by gold, but by iron, is the nation to be recovered".
According to Plutarchfollowing initial combat through Rome's streets, the Gauls were first ejected from the city, then utterly annihilated in a regular engagement eight miles outside of town on the road to Gabbi. Livy says that the Senones besieging the Capitoline Hill were afflicted with an illness and thus were in a weakened state when they took the ransom for Rome. This is plausible as dysentery and other sanitation issues have incapacitated and killed large numbers of combat soldiers up until and including modern times.
Silius Italicus claims that Hannibal 's Boii cavalrymen were led by a descendant of Brennus named Crixus, who fell in the Battle of Ticinus. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other people with the same name, see Brennus.Light Shot Belenus Sunstorm is a handsome white haired male elf with a strong jawline and wide-set almond eyes. While not rugged, he does have an athletic physique like that of a swimmer or dancer.
He is a tall, broad-shouldered, toned adult Sin'dorei in his prime with long silken white hair that cuts off at his back. When seen in public he carries a lovingly crafted white bow, with a white leather quiver slung on his back and buckled across his chest with a white leather belt. A golden cord hangs from the straps and a holy book with a white and gold cover rests at his left hip, indicating that this man might be more than just another bowman.
In his quiver rests dozens of matching arrows, each with white and golden fletching. The man wears silvery-white chain-mail that does not seem to have much defensive value—the mail is rather revealing in places, showing off his long toned legs, torso, and lower back but hides his neck.
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Belenus Sunstorm is a Ranger and Priest hybrid, or Light Shot, a priest that smites his foes with light-charged arrows. Belenus follows Jestin Lightreaver anywhere he goes like some sort of lost puppy.
His heart is on his sleeve for all to see—much to the dismay of onlookers who might find Belenus attractive, he seems to have eyes only for Lightreaver. Belenus Sunstorm of Windrunner Village was a priest in his prime visiting Silvermoon when the scourge razed Quel'thalas.
He barely managed to escape the slaughter of his people by fleeing, death all around him. His family back in Windrunner Village, in the southern half of Quel'thalas known as the Blackened woods, were not so lucky.
His brother, sister, and parents were all murdered. The corpse of his younger brother was among those he saw fleeing from Silvermoon. With the loss of his family, Belenus also lost his light. He began training as a ranger, a defender of Quel'thlaas after many of the more able members of Thalassian society departed with Kael'thas. Belenus struggled with his ranger training, but, with such sparse population remaining, the rangers allowed him to continue training until he managed to become a passable ranger.
He never told anyone of his former priest training, of the light abandoning him; he simply claimed that he was a citizen that wanted to help protect his homeland after so many others had departed to help the prince. The restoration of the Sunwell gave Belenus the glimmer of hope needed to reignite his light, though he viewed it as a sort of uninvited guest in his heart, an echo of the past that might be useful, but best kept a secret.
He chose to continue as a ranger instead of returning to his life as a brother of the cloth. During the Northrend campaign, he found himself alone with a grievously injured fellow ranger.
With no healing support around, his light surged and he healed his colleague, much to the shock of the other ranger. The other ranger, who had been among those traveling with Kael'thas, had run into Night Elves and told Belenus stories of the ranger-priestesses of Elune, encouraging him to practice combining his apparent light abilities with his archery.
Belenus began to practice in secret, his sort of hybrid light-archery, only using his priestly abilities when absolutely needed.
Shortly after the heroes of Azeroth rushed the time-twisted Dark portal, a recruiter approached him. The recruiter invited to audition for a holy order known as the "Masters of Light.