Cú Chulainn is the mythical Hero of Ulster, son of the god Lugh of
the Long Arm and Dechtire, daughter of Conor, King of the Ulaids of
Northern Ireland, around the 1st century BCE.
warrior known to transform into an uncontrollable mad berserker during
battle, his body would revolve in his skin and his face distort with one
eye bulging from his face, screaming battle-cries so loud that people
would go insane hearing them.
Taught the martial arts by
Scáthach, Warrior Queen of Skye, she gifted him a magical spear called the
Gáe Bolga – the belly piercer.
One by one, we light the bonfires, stretching from hill to hill when the highest point of the warm season is upon us. We etch spirals into the big stones, in reverence to the small bright white lights’ journeys around us and beat the drums to summon our ancestors to beg them to ask the golden orb to shine on us.
We build our passage tombs and megaliths to align with the rising sun in the winter, to capture the blessings of its light for the coming season.
When the warmth of the shining globe nourishes our crops and dances with the moon who lights our nights, then I shall raise my arms in thanks.