Aine Watching the Cliars by Toradellin

Aine is a Danaan goddess of the Celtic culture. In the county of Munster in Ireland she has a hill named after her, Knockainy (Hill of Aine). For centuries on every midsummer eve the locals fashioned tall reed torches called cliars and made procession around her hill. They then spread out to wave the torches over crops and cattle to entreaty Aine for good fortune and abundance in the coming year. There are folk tales of Aine revealing herself to the locals on occasion on these eves. In one such tale, collected by D. Fitzgerald, a number of girls had stayed late on the hill while watching the cliars. Aine appeared among them and asked them to go home as she and her people wanted the hill to themselves now. She called a few girls over to look through a ring where they saw a multitude of people on the hill who otherwise could not be seen.

This painting owes a great deal of credit for its presence (in a balletic sense), to the artist Sirus4me and her self-portrait from which I drew this work. I’m very grateful to Sirus4me for giving me her permission to post this work. Please check out her pages here:

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Personally, I like to think that all of us can choose to become a Child of Dana by choosing to value peace over war, knowledge over ignorance, compassion over hate and self interest, and to live in a way that is in harmony with the Earth.

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