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In Celtic mythology, Belenus (also Belinus, Belenos, Belinos, Belinu, Bellinus, Belus, Bel) was a deity worshipped in Gaul, Britain and Celtic areas of Italy and Austria. He had shrines from Aquileia on the Adriatic to Inveresk in Scotland. His name means "shining one" and he is associated with fire and healing. He may be the same deity as Belatu-Cadros. In the Roman period he was identified with Apollo. His consort was Belisama. Celtic mythology is the mythology of Celtic polytheism, the apparent religion of the Iron Age Celts. ... Look up deity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Map of Gaul circa 58 BC Gaul (Latin Gallia, Greek Galatia) was the region of Western Europe occupied by present day northern Italy, France, Belgium, western Switzerland and the parts of the Netherlands and Germany on the west bank of the Rhine river. ... A Celtic cross. ... Eastern Orthodox shrine Buddhist shrine just outside Wat Phnom. ... Aquileia (Friulian Acuilee, Slovene Oglej), an ancient town of Italy, at the head of the Adriatic at the edge of the lagoons, about 6 to. ... The Adriatic Sea is an arm of the Mediterranean Sea separating the Apennine peninsula (Italy) from the Balkan peninsula, and the system of the Apennine Mountains from that of the Dinaric Alps and adjacent ranges. ... Inveresk is to the south of Musselburgh in East Lothian, Scotland. ... Motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (English: No one provokes me with impunity) Scotlands location within Europe Scotlands location within the United Kingdom Languages English, Gaelic, Scots Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow First Minister Jack McConnell Area - Total - % water Ranked 2nd UK 78,782 km² 1. ... It has been suggested that flame be merged into this article or section. ... Healing is the process where the cells in the body regenerate and repair to reduce the size of a damaged or necrotic area. ... In Celtic mythology, Belatu-Cadros, or Belatucadros (fair shining one or the fair slayer), was a deity worshipped in northern Britain, particularly in Cumberland and Westmoreland. ... For other senses of this name, see Roman Empire (disambiguation). ... Statue of Apollo at the British Museum. ... In Celtic mythology, Belisama (also Belesama, Belisma) was a goddess worshipped in Britain. ...


Was this god the British Apollo?

The difficulty of working out to which deity inhabitants of Roman Britain are referring when they mention Apollo is profound. In ancient Gaul, Apollo, and Ireland may have been equated with fifteen different Celtic gods. The solar implications of Belenus (“The Brilliant One”) would have encouraged syncretism with the god Apollo. Some of the soubriquets of Belenus, such as Grannus (“Boiling”) and Borvo (“Heat”) link Belenus with healing, with which Apollo was also associated. “Boiling Brilliance” (Belenus Grannus) and “Brilliant Heat” (Belenus Borvo) would naturally be linked to healing by virtue of the logical connection with the therapeutic capacity of warmth, whether of water, fire or sun. Statue of Apollo at the British Museum. ... Principal sites in Roman Britain Roman Britain refers to those parts of the island of Great Britain controlled by the Roman Empire between 43 and 410. ... Statue of Apollo at the British Museum. ... Map of Gaul circa 58 BC Gaul (Latin Gallia, Greek Galatia) was the region of Western Europe occupied by present day northern Italy, France, Belgium, western Switzerland and the parts of the Netherlands and Germany on the west bank of the Rhine river. ... Statue of Apollo at the British Museum. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Syncretism is the attempt to reconcile disparate, even opposing, beliefs and to meld practices of various schools of thought. ... Statue of Apollo at the British Museum. ... In Celtic mythology, Grannus (also Gramnos, Gramnnos) was a god of healing and mineral springs. ... In Celtic mythology, Borvo (to boil), also Bormo, Bormanus, was a deity worshipped in Gaul. ... Statue of Apollo at the British Museum. ... In Celtic mythology, Grannus (also Gramnos, Gramnnos) was a god of healing and mineral springs. ... In Celtic mythology, Borvo (to boil), also Bormo, Bormanus, was a deity worshipped in Gaul. ...


Continuity in Welsh Mythology

Welsh ancestor-deity Beli may be derived from Belenus, although his character and attributes are different. The Irish festival of Beltaine may also be connected, or may derive from the same Celtic root, bel-, "shining". The Irish mythical figure Bile ("sacred tree") is sometimes linked with Belenus, but neither the linguistics nor the myths match. 19th century attempts to link him with the Semitic deity Baal are even more tenuous and are now rejected. Welsh mythology, the remnants of the mythology of the pre-Christian Britons, has come down to us in much altered form in medieval Welsh manuscripts such as the Red Book of Hergest, the White Book of Rhydderch, the Book of Aneirin and the Book of Taliesin. ... For an explanation of often confusing terms such as Great Britain, Britain, United Kingdom and England, see British Isles (terminology). ... Beli Mawr (Beli the Great) was a Welsh ancestor deity. ... The 2006 Sinulog festival in the Philippines Renaissance festival A festival or fest is an event, usually staged by a local community, which centers on some theme, sometimes on some unique aspect of the community. ... This article is about the Gaelic holiday. ... The Celtic languages are the languages descended from Proto-Celtic, or Common Celtic, spoken by ancient and modern Celts alike. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Semitic is a linguistic term referring to a subdivision of largely Middle Eastern Afro-Asiatic languages, the Semitic languages, as well as their speakers corresponding cultures, and ethnicities. ... Baal () is a Semitic title and honorific meaning lord that is used for various gods, spirits and demons particularly of the Levant. ...


The legendary kings Belinus and Heli in Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain are probably also derived from this god. Belinus the Great was a legendary king of the Britons as accounted by Geoffrey of Monmouth. ... This article is about the Mythical British king Heli. ... Geoffrey of Monmouth (c. ... Geoffrey of Monmouths Historia Regum Britanniæ (English: The History of the Kings of Britain) was written around 1136. ...


The name of the ancient British king Cunobelinus means "hound of Belenus". Cunobelinus (also written Kynobellinus, Cunobelin) was a historical king of the Catuvellauni tribe of pre-Roman Britain. ...


External links

  • Associations between the Welsh Beli and the Irish Bile

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Belenus (273 words)
Belenus ("The Shining One"), later known as Beli Mawr, refers to the Continental Sun-God of the Celts.
Belenus is in charge of the welfare of sheep and cattle.
The cult of Belenus was practiced in northern Italy, Noricum in the eastern Alps, southern Gaul and Britain.
Belenus (117 words)
Belenus is the Gaulish/Celtic god of light, and referred to as 'The Shining One'.
Belenus is in charge of the welfare of sheep and cattle.
Several Latin writers refer to Belenus in connection with Aquitaine, Austria and northern Italy.
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