Episode 24: The Dagda’s Club in Love and War (Explicit Content)

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Irish Mythology Podcast

Aibreán 28, 2022

Episode 24

The Dagda’s Club in Love and War

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Here you’ll find our notes, links to research and some personal highlights from your hosts. 

Image by Nance Kinane 

Welcome | fáilte 

In this episode we hear about The Dagda’s scouting mission to the Fomorian forward camp and two sexy encounters he has along the way. 

We ask:

  • Why was this section of The Second Battle of Moytura omitted from so many retellings?
  • Why are the sexual encounters of the gods important for the fertility of the land?
  • In what ways does The Dagda exemplify the Tao?
  • What is The Dagda’s relationship with Hermes and Pan?
  • What is the connection between this story and a 4,000 year old erotic poem from Messopotamia?

The Dagda is on a mission. He travels to the west to scout the invading Fomorian armies, but it’s not all business for the supreme father. On his way, he meets up with The Morrígan for their annual tryst and later on, he hooks up with an unlikely lover. All’s fair in love, war and sorcery. 

We talk censorship, sex in mythology, the Tao of The Dagda, Ancient Mesopotamian smut and the Greek god Pan. 

Starring: The Dagda, The Morrígan, Indech Mac Dé Domhnan and his unnamed daughter.

Co-Starring various Fomorians, the forest, the sea, the beings of the microcosm, birds, burrowing animals, and lots of crows.

A cautionary tale on why you should always go if you have to go. 

Resources

credits

Written, presented and produced  by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh. 

Music – Celtic Warrior by Damiano Baldoni (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 public licence 

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode

All sounds cc licence from freesound.org 

Sponsored by McCaffrey Crafts 

Episode 15 The Wooing of Étaín (Part 3): The Wooing of Ulster by Aengus

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Irish Mythology Podcast

Aibreán  14, 2021

Episode 15

The Wooing of Étaín (Part 3): The Wooing of Ulster by Aengus

Thank you for listening to this episode!

Here you’ll find our notes, links to research and some personal highlights from your hosts. 

Welcome | fáilte 

In this episode we hear about how Aengus and Midir are doing a year on from the events of the last part of this story. Midir sustains an injury while visiting Aengus and to make up for it, the latter goes to County Down to ask for the hand of Étaín in marriage for Midir. 

We ask:

  • Was Aengus a love god?
  • Was he a god of poetry?
  • What was Aengus’s primary role in Irish Mythology?
  • How did the Gaeilic Cultural Revival of the 19th century  influence how we see Aengus today?
  • Why did WB Yeats become obsessed with Aengus?
  • How were tribal groupings in ancient Ireland similar to networks of mutual aid?

Midir loses an eye while trying to break up a fight; Dian Cecht works some healing magic; Aengus goes up to Down to woo Étaín for Midir; The Dagda fights an Octopus; WB Yeats is CANCELLED!

A cautionary tale on why you should only agree to things you know you can do, unless yer Da is the Dagda.

Resources

 

Ptolemy’s map* 2nd Century  – I have added the rough locations of the three main locations in today’s story.  

Cú Chullain and Ferdia statue in Ardee

credits

Written, presented and produced  by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh. 

Music – Celtic Warrior by Damiano Baldoni (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 public licence 

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode

All sounds cc licence from freesound.org 

Featured Image Étaín and Midir, illustration by Stephen Reid in T. W. Rolleston’s The High Deeds of Finn (1910).