Thursday, October 13, 2005
UI's Celtic Mythology - Uaithne
Uaithne, in Irish mythology, was the magic harp of the Tuatha De Danann god Dagda. It was stolen by the Fomorii, the enemies of the De Danann. When Dagda discovered where it was, he called out to the harp to free itself. The harp responded by killing nine Fomorii and then singing Dagda's praises. Uaithne was also the name of Dagda's harpist who had three equally gifted sons who played such sad music that on one occasion twelve men died weeping of sorrow. The Celtic bards accompanied their music with lyrics which perpetuated the legends down the generations.
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