Sun-worship may have superseded other and grosser forms of Nature worship. Egypt, the primeval seat of learning, was the high seat of Sun adoration. The Sphinx, with the face to the east, represents Harmachus, young Horus, or the rising Sun. The orb is Osiris, the ruling god of day. In its descent it is the dying deity, going below to the land of Shades; but only to be resurrected as the victorious Horns, piercing the head of the dragon of darkness. Twice a year did the bright; rays enter the great hail of the Nile temple, to fall straight upon the shrine.
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Sun-worship may have superseded other and grosser forms of Nature worship. Egypt, the primeval seat of learning, was the high seat of Sun adoration. The Sphinx, with the face to the east, represents Harmachus, young Horus, or the rising Sun. The orb is Osiris, the ruling god of day.
In its descent it is the dying deity, going below to the land of Shades; but only to be resurrected as the victorious Horns, piercing the head of the dragon of darkness.
Twice a year did the bright; rays enter the great hail of the Nile temple, to fall straight upon the shrine. Mithra will I honour with offerings, Will I draw near to us as a Friend with prayer. Rabbi Issaaki reads Tammuz of Ezek. India has down to this day reverenced the Sun.
What to us is poetry was in India prose. Even in Homer, Hyperion, the sun-god, was the father of all gods. Minerva, or Pallas, the early dawn, sprang from the head of Jove every morning, fully armed, to fight the clouds of darkness. Africa has in all time been a centre of sun-worship. The Spaniards found the cult both in Mexico and Peru. Up to this century, a singular ceremony took place in the church of the Carmine, Naples, attended by civic officials in procession.
This was from right to left, as with Dancing Dervishes now, or the old Bacchic dance from east to west. Thus they worship their gods, turning to the right. But did the Irish indulge in this form of idolatry? Some writers, zealous for the honour of their countrymen, have denied the impeachment.
The Gwyddon was clad in robe of virgin white, symbolizing light and holiness. His twelve disciples, representing the twelve constellations, formed the earthly zodiac. They too were robed in white. In the sun the Gaels found the two highest attributes of divinity, power, and purity. Griann, Greine, Grianan, Greienham, have relations to the sun.
The beautiful story of Diarmuid, or Dermot, and Graine is clearly a solar myth The runaway pair were pursued by the irate husband, Finn Mac Coul, for a whole year, the lovers changing their resting-place every night. A cycle of the sun, or an anniversary, was Aonach pro. Enoch ; and it is singular that we are told that the days of Enoch were years. Easter, as is well known, is connected with sun-worship. Columba, were to be seen on an altar of glass in the temple of the Tuath-de-Danaan, in Tyrconnal.
For centuries, an Irish oath was accompanied with the hand on forehead, and the eyes turned to the sun. The round mounds, or Raths, enclosing the round dwelling, related to early sun-worship; the same may be said of the tradition that the battle of Ventry, between the Fenians and their foes, lasted days. Hecateus mentions the Hyperboreans of an island north of Gaul worshipping the sun. The priests of Baal indulged in it. These were sun-images in Erin.
In 2 Chron. Fosbroke alludes to the revolving, with the sun, as a superstition. It may be so, for many similar traces of the worship of the sun and moon, as givers of good fortune, are still to be found. To whom heroes pray in perils of war—all the world praise and adore thee.
For thou art the only glorious and sovereign object of universal love, praise, and adoration. Thy sleep is long in the tomb. Awake, thou first of women! The voice of spring is abroad. The flowers shake their heads on the green hills. The woods wave their growing leaves. The daughter of Colla is asleep. She will not come forth in her beauty.
She will not move in the steps of her loveliness. Travellers have written of Hebridean boats, going out to sea, having their heads rowed sun-ways at first for fear of ill-luck on the voyage. Quite recently one observed the same thing done by Aberdeen fishermen, who objected to turn their boat against the sun. The shaving of the head, so as to leave a circular, bare spot, is a very ancient practice, and was done in honour of the sun, by certain priests of Jupiter and other deities.
Mahomet forbade that idolatrous habit of his Arab disciples. Your contributions make this all possible.
Irish Druids And Old Irish Religions
They are fairly represented in the west of Scotland, in Wales, Lancashire, and Cornwall, parts frequented by Irish friends and foes. Dwarfs or Duzes are thought in Brittany to haunt the dolmens, or ancient graves, though in some manner they are known as the ghosts of Druids. Certainly Africa bears evidence of a wide-spread pigmy race. The Fairies are associated with mankind at present, though they may carry off their children, replacing them by changelings. The mannikins may be white, brown, grey, or yellow. Some are small enough to sit in ears of corn, while others fly about on magic horses. It is sad to know that these little people indulge in faction fights, and pinch those who dance with them.
Irish Druids & Old Irish Religions