Abhean

In Irish mythology, Abhean (pronounced ay-veen) son of Bec-Felmas was a poet of the Tuatha Dé Danann, and in particular of Lugh. He was killed by Óengus in front of Midir, according to a poem by Fland Mainistreach in Lebor Gabála Érenn.[1] [2]

Etymology

The reconstructed Proto-Celtic lexica at the universities of Leiden[3] and Wales[4] suggest that this name may be derived from Proto-Celtic *Ad-bej-ānos, literally meaning at-striking-related-one and possibly denoting the concept of harp-strumming. The Romano-British form of this name, if it existed, might plausibly have been *Abeianos.

Bibliography

  • Ellis, Peter Berresford, Dictionary of Celtic Mythology (Oxford Paperback Reference), Oxford University Press, (1994): ISBN 0-19-508961-8
  • Wood, Juliette, The Celts: Life, Myth, and Art, Thorsons Publishers (2002): ISBN 0-00-764059-5

External links

  • Celtic Gods and their Assiciates
  • Proto-Celtic – English lexicon


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