Friday, 29 April 2016
Places Of Worship In Ys
At Elven Gardens: the Temple of Belisama.
In Old Town, near the harbor: Menhir place and the Shrines of Lir, Melquart and Ishtar.
Taranis, Belisama and Lir are the Three of Ys.
Melquart and Ishtar were the earlier names of Taranis and Belisama, respectively.
The former Temple of Mars is now a church.
The Menhir is a megalith that was raised to an unknown God before the city was built.
Thus, seven places but only six deities and only four of them currently active: the Three and Christ.
Adminius, a Christian:
"'...know[s] when somewhere is 'aunted...'" (Roma Mater, p. 180)
The Three are real and have not yet withdrawn but:
"'...we live in such an age of breakup -'" (p. 200)
"'...in this age when the very Gods are troubled and faltering...'" (p. 201)
"...the Gods of Ys...would not demean Themselves to plead for worshippers against a new God Who was to come..." (p. 215)
The Empire declines, trade shrinks, raiders harry, barbarians invade, evangelists proselytise and:
"Among the Gallicenae arose a feeling that they had come to the end of still another age. What would the new one bring? None could foreknow. Like a creature of the sea, Ys drew into its shell and waited." (p. 216)
There is an old saying that England's disadvantage is Ireland's advantage. When Niall's spy tells him that the Romans are again at civil war, he plans to re-attack their territory. The Dublin Easter Rising took place in 1916.