The Wooing of Étain (Part 1): The Nativity of the Young Son


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The Dagda has got his groove back, but though his power is restored, he longs for Boann, goddess and wife of his steward, Elcmar. He makes use of his control of the Sun and time to not only make a tryst possible, but to hide the conception and birth of a son.

Despite the title, Étain doesn’t appear in today’s story as she isn’t introduced until later in the Saga.
We ask:

  • What was The Dagda’s role in myth and in the old pagan religion?
  • Why is this story associated with the Winter Solstice?
  • Does this story hint at the remnant of a pre-Celtic religious tradition?
  • What was the significance of Newgrange for ancient astronomers?
  • Could the Egyptian Book of the Dead help us interpret the importance of the Solstice at Newgrange for the dead?


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

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