Greek And Celtic Myths

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The Celtic myth, 'The Dream of Oenghus,' relates the tale of Oenghus the Celtic god of love and his long search for true love. Oenghus is the son of Boann and Daghdhae. Boann the white cow goddess, and Daghdhae the father of all gods, the 'good god.'

In a dream Oenghus sees 'the loveliest figure in Ireland...' His memory of this vision makes him ill with loneliness and he begins to waste away. With the help of his mother, and another of his fathers' sons, Bodhbh, he begins his search for the girl he dreamt of. When, after years, he successfully completes his search the lovers' travels to Bruigh Mac, his home.

Chronologically and geographically distant, Apuleius second century record of the original Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche also relates a story of amorous pursuit. In Apuleius account Psyche is the most beautiful of all mortals. 'The fame of her surpassing beauty spread over the earth...Oeand

men would even say that Venus herself could not equal this mortal.' Out of jealousy, Venus commands Cupid to make Psyche fall in love with 'the vilest and most despicable creature in the whole world.' However, dispatched on his errand Cupid is astonished by her beauty and 'as if he had shot one of his arrows into his own heart' falls completely in love with her.

Cupid dumbfounded by the love he suddenly feels carries Psyche off. Although Psyche is never able to gaze on Cupid she is confident of the love her unseen paramour expresses in the dark each night. Eventually, prompted by her unbelieving and somewhat envious sisters she lights a lamp and discovers that her lover is Cupid. Unfortunately, Cupid hurt by both the oil sputtering from the lamp and her faithlessness fees. Psyche deeply grieved by her lack...