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Apollo In Greek mythology Apollo was the son of the god Zeus and  Leto, both children of Titans. Apollo was not a native Greek god. His cult and that of his twin sister Artemis were imported from the north. His name Apollo (Apple -Man) is understood to be derived from the Celtic word 'Abal' - apple ( as is Avalon). Apollo was a gifted musician, who delighted the gods with his performance on the more


Atlas ( Greek god ) was a Titan, one of the elder gods, father of the Hesperides. He was condemned by Zeus to bear on his shoulders the weight of the more


Baal  A Sun god, 'Baal of the Phoenicians' is equated, by most authorities, with the Greek God Herakles / Hercules... read more


Chronus, Kronos  Cronos/Saturn was a Titan, one of the elder gods, whose dominion was afterwards transferred to others. He was the father of Zeus (Jupiter/Jove) who eventually overthrew and then banished more

Diana / Artemis   In Roman mythology Diana, goddess of the moon and of the hunt, twin sister of Apollo was essentially a goddess of the woodlands, her sanctuaries were commonly in groves, indeed every grove was sacred to her. She was chief hunter to the gods also the goddess of nature, and of the harvest. the guardian of springs and streams and the protector of wild animals.  In art she is typically shown as a young hunter, usually carrying a bow and arrows, like her brother Apollo. She would use her bow and arrows to punish  mortals who angered more


Eris  It seems that Zeus was preparing a wedding banquet for Peleus and Thetis and did not want to invite Eris because of Her reputation as a trouble maker. This made Eris angry, and so She fashioned an apple of pure more


Helios  'And now, O Muse Calliope, daughter of Zeus, begin to sing of glowing Helios whom mild-eyed Euryphaessa, the far shining one, bare to the Son of Earth and starry Heaven. more


Hercules     Hercules was the son of Jupiter and Alcmena wife of the Theban general Amphitryon.. Juno /Hera, the jealous wife of Jupiter, sent two serpents to kill Hercules as he lay in his cradle. However he strangled them with his bare hands. Hercules was compelled by Juno's artifices to undertake the 'Twelve Labours of Hercules.' during the undertaking of these tasks Hercules visits the land of the Hyperboreans. ... read more


Isis / Demeter / Astarte  In Egyptian mythology, Isis was the daughter of the god Keb ("Earth") and the goddess Nut ("Sky"). To the Egyptians, Sirius was the star of Isis. After the 4th century BC the cult of Isis spread from its centre at the great temple in her honour on Philae, an island in the River Nile throughout the ancient world. Herodotus, the Greek scholar, identified Isis with Demeter (Roman - Ceres), the Greek goddess of agriculture, earth, and of fertility. more


Jason  The adventures of Jason and the Argonauts and their search for the Golden Fleece is one of many legends concerning a heroic quest for a golden apple. The Greek word for sheep - 'melon'-  can also mean apple. The Golden Fleece' can be translated as  'The Golden Apple' more


Pythagoras  Pythagoras was born circa 570 B.C. on the Greek island of Samos. His father is thought to have been a gem-engraver, and it is probable that the Pythagoras would have been trained in the same craft. As a young man of 22, Pythagoras travelled to Egypt, afterwards studying for 3 years in the temples of Tyre and Sidon. more



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Arius   In the early fourth century Arius, a presbyter in Alexandria, started a theological dispute with  orthodoxy. His premise was quite simple  - that Jesus was wholly mortal, was in no sense divine, and in no sense anything more than an inspired teacher. The teachings of Arius gained great support  throughout most of the fourth and fifth centuries. According to the authors of 'The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail ' ...during most of the 5thC.every bishopric in Western Europe was either Arian or vacant' more


Restitutus   In 314 A.D., eight years after being proclaimed Emperor by the Roman Legions in York, Constantine convened the Council of Arles. Three British bishops were among those who attended, as described in the following passage:- "Eborius Episcopus de Civitae Eboracensi Provincia Britannia, Restitutus Episcopus de Civitae Londineniensi Provincia Suprascripta...... read more


St. Ann  The cult of St. Anne is thought to have begun in Devon in the 14th century. She was the mother of the Virgin Mary and the patron saint of mariners. St. Anne is often depicted carrying a ship in her more


St Bernard of Clairvaux   In 1128, Bernard of Clairvaux "was just twenty-eight years old when the Council of Troyes asked him to help create a Rule for the Templars. He did more than that. He became their most vocal champion, urging that they be supported with gifts of land and money and exhorting men of good family to cast off their sinful lives and take up the sword and the cross as Templar Knights." more


St Brendan   A historical early Irish Christian, St. Brendan, was born in Tralee c. 484 or 486 AD. He had a reputation as a traveller or wanderer and he is reputed to have visited St. Columba at Hinda (Argyle) on which visit he may have founded a Scottish monastery. more


St. Brychan   St. Brychan, or Brychain, was a legendary welsh king. Brychan was the ancestor of a proliferate saintly family. He is said to have fathered between twelve and sixty -three children, most of whom are linked to churches / chapels / wells in North Devon. more


St. Elen   St Helen   St. Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great and traditionally the discoverer of the True Cross while on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. There is no direct evidence to indicate a connection between St. Helena and Britain, yet the tradition is well established not only in early welsh writings but in early English sources as more

St. George   Nothing definite is known about the life of St. George. The date of his martyrdom is usually considered to have been in the 3rd century AD. St. George was originally an eastern saint and his cult spread westward from its source in LYDDA more

St George


Joseph of Arimathea   Joseph of Arimathea was a highly respected Jewish councillor, a member of the Sanhedrin, the ruling council of the Judaic community under the Romans. He was a secret disciple of Jesus more

Three Hebrew missionaries are named, but only with their British names in Welsh manuscripts as having brought the teachings of Jesus into Britain in the first century. The three are called 'Ilid', 'Cyndaf' and his son 'Mawan. Most eminent authorities concur in identifying the three with Bron, Joseph of Arimathea, and Joseph's son more

"Joseph and his company prepared their fleet and entered without delay, and did not end their voyage till they reached the land which God had promised to Joseph. The name of the country was the White Isle; more

Joseph of Arimathea & Nicodemus Joseph of Arimathea in Judea Joseph in the Tin Trade
Joseph's flight from Judea nobilis decurio Joseph of Arimathea In Welsh Legend.
Joseph of Arimathea and the White Isle


St. Margaret  Saint Margaret, also known as Margaret of Antioch (in Pisidia), virgin and martyr, is celebrated by the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches on July 20. Her historical existence is dubious; she was declared apocryphal by Pope Gelasius in 494, but devotion to her revived in the West with the Crusades. more


St. Michael    Michael is one of the seven archangels in Judaism, Islam and Christianity (to Christians he is St. Michael). Although St. Michael ranks sixth in popularity as a patron saint, he only appears in the Bible once - Revelations 12; 7- 9.  In the Book of Enoch (part of the Apocrypha) Michael leads the defeat of the rebellious archangel, Lucifer, and casts him down. In art St. Michael often appears flourishing a sword against a dragon. more


St. Nectan    St. Nectan is said to have settled in a forest near Hartland in the 6th century. The respected Devon historian R. Pearse Chope writing in 'The Story of Hartland' (1908) details the tradition that St. Nectan was beheaded by Arthur, the leader of the Britons at the nearby hill fort of Clovelly Dykes. more


Joseph of Arimathea & Nicodemus   The apocryphal 'Evangelium Nicodemi - The Gospel of Nicodemus' tells how Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, spoke up for Jesus during his trial before Pontius Pilate. It also contains the nucleus of the story of Joseph of more


St. Patrick   'About 389 a son was born to Concessa, wife of a Romano-British deacon called Calpurnius. Calpurnius was a decurion,a Roman citizen of some standing. His father Potitus had been a Christian priest. The family lived at Banna Venta Bernia. The son had two names; Magonus and Patrick'. more



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Celtic Gods n Heroes


Arianrhod (Celtic) lives with her three sisters Gwen or Gwennan , Maelen  and Elen on Caer Sidi, also known as Caer Arianrhod . ( Caer Sidi is an island in the sea with an otherworldly tower, identified by many authorities with Lundy. )..... read more


Avallach In Welsh tradition Avallach is the father of Morgan le FayAvallach, according to Triad 70 is the name of one of the mythical ancestors from whom the most prominent British dynasties claimed descent. In the ''Estoire del Saint Greal' the heathen king Evalake (Evalach),  to whose sun temple Joseph of Arimathea is supposed to have gone, is another manifestation of Avallach  ......... read more


Belinos / Beli  There are more surviving inscriptions to Belinos than to any other Celtic God, his name means 'shining' or 'brightly shining. Belinos was worshipped in worshipped in N. Italy, Gaul and Britain. 'Belinos was equated with Apollo. We have seen reason to believe that he is none other than the Welsh Beli or Belin, father of Avallach. Belin appears in Chretien's 'Erec' as lord of the Otherworld isles of the Antipodes. In the 'Estoire' Belin turns up as Pellean, lord of the plenty- giving Grail' more


Bran 'Bran the Blessed' - 'Bran Vendigeit,' we are told in the introduction to the story of 'Branwen verch Llyr,' - 'Branwen the daughter of Llyr' - in the welsh 'Mabinogion.' was the grandson of Beli Mawr. He was the brother of Manannan Mac(ap) Lir(Llyr). No ordinary house can hold him because of his size. ...... read more


Elen  Arianrhod is said to have had three sisters who lived with her in a castle in the sea.  They were named GWEN or GWENNAN, MAELAN and ELENYnys Elen was an old name for Lundy more


Gwair / Gweir  Gwair is a Celtic - Sun God. 'The noted 19th century authority, Professor Rhys, was among the first to identify the imprisonment of Gwair on the Isle of Lundy, with the Paphlagonian (Greek) myth of the binding of Chronus on a western isle. He also points out that Classical legend is the original source of the basic myth of the god imprisoned on a western isle traceable through the Arthurian more


Mabon  Under the Romans Apollo became closely associated with the Celtic god Mabon to such an extent that four out of the five surviving Roman inscriptions discovered in North Britain mentioning the god link the two as   'Apollini Mapono'. In a poem in the 'Book of Taliesin' Mabon appears as a brother / kinsman of Owain ap Urien, or possibly as Owain himself under a pseudonym. more  


Nectan In the story of Branwen, Bran has two half brothers. One called Nissyen was renowned for his peaceful nature...... read more



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