More on Gwyn ap Nydd

Tue 03 Nov 2015 15:25:34 | 0 comments



Cerunnos – The Horned One. - Is a god whose representations were widespread in the ancient Celtic world, he is depicted on one of the  oldest vessels in the western world , the Gudenstrup Cauldron now held in the British Museum.


As a horned god, Cernunnos is associated with horned male animals; especially stags and the ram-headed snake; this and other attributes associate him with produce and fertility. Related with the sun, the Green Man and the Wild Hunt.


During Christian times this figure gradually became transformed into a different horned figure still accompanying mere mortals underground - perhaps because he was seen as the initiator of sexuality and desire, fertility and life force his power needed to be diminished?


Gwyn or Gwynn ap Nydd is definitely an echo of the magical huntsman depicted on the Gudenstrup Cauldron, he was the ruler of Annwn (the Underworld). He escorted the souls of the dead there, and led a pack of supernatural hounds.


Gwyn ap Nydd appears in the first branch of the Mabinogion  Culhwch ac Olwen.


Gwyn: "white" but with the connotations of "fair," and "blessed" or "holy."

Son of the war god (Nudd/Lludd). King of the Fairies, Lord of the Otherworld (identified with Avalon/Glastonbury) or Underworld (identified with Annwfn/Uffern), leader of the Wild Hunt. Aslo called Gwyn ap Nuad, Winter God, Gwyn ap Nuad is a God of war, death and the hunt and the patron God of fallen warriors. His name means, "white son of Darkness" since he is the son of the sun/death God Llud. Gwyn ap Nuad appears in a flowing gray cloak and rides upon a pale wild white horse following the hounds during the midwinter Wild Hunts. In some of the tales, his hounds are pictured as three in number - with one hound red, one black and one white being the three hounds the three months of winter.





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