Irish solar god of Light, Power and Fertility. Lugh was son of Eithniu (daughter of Fomorian god king Balor) and Cian of the Tuatha De Danann. According to a prophecy, Balor was to be killed by his grandson and so Eithniu was locked in a tower to prevent the prophesy. However, it failed: Lugh was born and miraculously escaped Balor’s clutches. Lugh was secretly raised by foster mother Tailtiu and the god of the sea Manannan Mac Lir and became an expert warrior. When he reached manhood, he joined the people of the goddess Dana, (Tuatha De Danaan), leading them at the 2nd battle of Mag Tuired against the Fomorians. Balor used his magical evil eye capable of killing whomever looked at it to great effect, but Lugh used his sling to throw a stone through Balor’s eye, and so slew him and ended the war. The Irish god Lugh is believed to be equlvalent to Gaulish Lugus and the Welsh Lleu Llaw Gyffes. Even today in Ireland, people remember the figure of Lugh with a festival which commemorates the beginning of the harvest at the start of August; the month and the festival having the same name in Irish: Lughnasadh.
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Poster version of an original painting. Acrylic on canvas 20 x 30 cm.