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How was the day made?…

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The Daghda in this myth is

seemingly all powerful with

much less need for the subterfuge

which eventually outwitted the Fomorians.

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Except, even here, he is compelled

to hold back time to get his own way!

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Is this myth, then, earlier or later?

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The tenor of the text would suggest later

but that is certainly no guarantee of anything.

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If this were a creation myth

it would mean that the original inhabitants of Ireland

were descended from a cow,

which for a cattle-herding people would make perfect sense,

and is the sort of claim often made by such folk.

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And yet the offspring of the union,

although undergoing the human gestation period,

before being born, is not to be conceived as human

but instead, as a personification of the day!

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Before humans can live out their days

the day too has to be ‘born’.

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