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Celtic Gods and Goddess: Belenus

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Introduction to Belenus

The ancient Celtic Gods and Goddess contain a wealth of stories and legends, wrapped in Myths which typically provide a story with a morale code designed to influence the reader into behaviour as fitting Celtic culture of the era.

In this article, we look at Belenus and the myths and legends surrounding Belenus, Belenus relationship to and with other Celtic Gods and Goddess and key events and stories which relate to ancient astrology and the changing seasons.

About Belenus

Celtic version of Apollo. Belenus (also belanus, Belenos, Belin-us, Belus Bel, Beli Mawr) is a Sun God from Celtic Mythology, he was one of the most ancient and most widely worshiped Celtic deities and is associated with the Bel of the Babylonians, signifying, master or lord and the Belus, father of A-egypt-us, also with the ancient fire festival and modern Sabbat Beltane. He was associated with the horse and also the Wheel. Perhaps like Apollo -was thought to ride the Sun across the sky in a horse-drawn chariot. Inscriptions dedicated to Belenus, under various forms can be found in Italy, France, Iberia, and Celtic areas of Briton. The third-century Roman emperors Diocletian and Maximian each dedicated an inscription to Belenus in the region of Aquileia. Further votive inscriptions of Belenus were discovered at Altinum, Concordia and Iulium Carnicum. The soldiers of Maximinus Thrax, who laid siege to Aquileia in 238, reported seeing an appearance of the god defending the city from the air. The name of the ancient British king Cunobelinus may be connected? The name of legendary king Belinus in Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain is probably also derived from this god. Diodorus Siculus named Cornwall (Cornovii, that can originate from "horn") Belerion, the first recorded place name in the British Isles. This is usually derived from the root bel "bright" (meaning "shining land" or similar)

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