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Celtic Corner
Original designs inspired by the art of the Celts
by Alastair Luke

Lugh Lamhfada

LUGH LAMHFADA
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Lugh's name translates into, 'The Shining One of the Long Arm'. (The root LU gives us such words like illughminate!) Considered by some to be a sun god, He was King of the Tuatha DeDanann, father of the famous warrior hero Cuchulainn and the all skilled patron of warriors and craftsmen alike. His festival, the feast of Lughnasadh, is August 1st.

Rather precariously, I have used the three faced image to represent Lugh in light of some information I dug up. In the Welsh tales, known collectively as the Mabinogion, Lugh makes an appearance as Lleu, master shoemaker. In County Doneimages, Ireland, there resides an ancient three faced stone head which is referred to as 'The Cobbler'. Also, inscriptions unearthed at Avenches, Switzerland and at Osma, Spain, bear dedications to the 'Lugoves' (plural of Lugos(European equivalent of Lugh)). The Osma inscription was on behalf of a collegium sutorum (guild of shoemakers). This pluralization could be triplication.

Some scholars believe that Lugh is another name for Fionn, son of Cumhail, leader of the Fenian bands of Ireland. According to Irish legend, it was Fionn who ate the Salmon of Wisdom and gained all knowledge. It is my opinion that the Celtic three faced image is a very probable symbol for Lugh, all seeing, all knowing.

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