The Background to Mihte Lugh — the greatest hero of all time.
I have been working for years to revive the story of Lugh, the fairy king from obscurity after researching trace found in ancient documents and archaeological digs. He is hidden in the King Arthur story by Mallory, the power behind Merlin and in our everyday words and phrases. He is even the model upon which the Christian religion is based. Lugh is the son (spring) born in late December who destroys Balor (winter or shadowy). He becomes the father (summer) who dies when his wife the land is stolen. We have all seen the fall, the sun blood-red in the trees at dawn and sunset…
One can simply say the Druids and their predecessors the Hyperboreans were not pagan, but pantheists who had a faith mingled with science. They were both part of nature and effected by it. Julius Caesar said they believed in science and have no gods. The fairy world is a world of forces which appeared miraculous. They had not compartmentalized elements in nature as later religions had. Christians explained the wind as angels and demons fighting over human souls. So when a tree or bush swayed or door opened because of a draft it was the action of demons and angels.
As best as we can understand belief in Lugh began with the oprophet Idris. He was an astronomer passingly mentioned in the Qur’an as are the druids. His origins could be as old as 10,000 BC when Europeans started migrating from Anatolia and the Balkans or anywhere on the path to the Orkney Isles.
Spawning the Hyperboreans was important as it was the first known missionary religion, at a time when religion was local. Their principal objective seems to be, to find the rising and setting places of the sun. Archaeological excavations shows they spanned northern Eurasia to at least the Gobi Desert where European nomadic tribes settled. They remained a major threat to China, until the building of the great wall. They then turned there attention to Rome and consequently declined after the volcanic winter of 543–4 AD in central Asia. The Mongols later replaced them.
In the south they invaded northern India, as had the Iranians. Zoroaster the first historical prophet 1200 BC mentions them. They were prevalent in the Middle East, especially the Hittites, Hurrians, and Mitanni. They were the Dorians who invaded northern Greece and established Athens.
Devotees were called Celts, meaning heroes. Controversially, there is evidence that they believed they were demigods because they may have believed they were descended from the Fairy King (the sun). Certainly, the Franks believed their fair physical appearance made them superior. Perhaps physical similarity was important to them. They believed in an afterlife. Having descent from the sun would be a motivation to believe one should have no fear of death and explain the term hero or Celt. They were the substantial part of Alexander the Great’s army and are recorded to boast they feared nothing even if the heaven fell on them.
Today we can connect a host of linguistic terms in European languages as characteristics of brightness they shared with the Sun. If such a belief that they were only half-human is true then death was no obstacle but a passing to the fairy world or Valhalla. The Celtic beliefs may feel uneasy to us today, but nearly every ancient culture or group believed they were the real people and out groups were sub-human or demons. To proselytise Celtic faith superhuman qualities might make a religion more attractive to many. It also makes better sense than the great conquering wave theory.