Of course the Formorians, a wild and altogether darker and more sinister supernatural race, still have their part to play.The goddess Brigid is immortalized in the spring feast of Imbolc and Saint Brigid’s Day, while Lughnasa is the harvest festival in the name of the god Lugh.Banshees have forever been known as portents of death and the goddess Clíodhna was the very first of these wailing spirits seeking death for revenge and torment as well as calling on those due to die.Individual families often having their own personal Banshee heralding a death to this very day.From Cú Chulainn to Fionn mac Cumhaill and the Salmon of Knowledge to the triple goddess The Morrigan, giants, demi gods and creatures from the ethereal realm have always been a part of our lives.Most of Ireland’s regional and national festivals evolved from the gods and goddesses of ancient times, especially from the Tuatha Dé Danann, deities deemed as the forefathers of Irish culture and civilization.
The markings on runes tend to come from Ogham, an ancient language of Ireland uncovered by archaeological finds over the centuries by way of Ogham Stones.
A Piseóg is a curse, placed on feuding neighbors, competing farmers and so on.
Often recognized by a circle of eggs found in the hay or a talisman placed on a wall, they are set to bring misfortune on the home.
The festival of Samhain is a prime example, taking place at the end of October intertwining the light and dark, shielding against bad spirits and misfortune, but also welcoming back the dead with open arms.
The fear for celebrants was that malevolent spirits and evil entities could also cross with their loved ones as could the Devil himself.