An Introduction to Celtic Mythology. Mr. Pratt ASTEC Charter High School. Who are the Celts?. They were Known as the Gauls in some ancient texts. The Celts were a collection of tribes that share certain cultural elements, including language, art, and mythology.
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Any authentic Irish creation story has been lost to time. There are, however, stories that deal with early mythical races of people invaded and settled in Ireland. These invading races included the Fir Bolg, Tuatha De Danann, and the Fomorians.
Lugh was a great warrior associated with the sun. His mother gave birth to triplets, but he was the only one to survive an attempt to kill them as babies. He will eventually kill an extremely deadly Fomorian named Balor, who was his grandfather. His son would be a the great Celtic hero Cu Chulain.
Balor was a giant king of the Formorians. A prophecy predicted he would be killed by his grandson. He attempted to prevent it by locking his daughter up in a crystal tower so she would never meet a man. This failed and she gave birth to triplets. He threw his three grandsons into the ocean but Lugh survived and eventually killed him. He had one powerful eye that could cause death to any that gazed on it.