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Why does Cuchulainn lash himself to a standing stone with his guts?

I see two main reasons: It is super-badass and Cuchulainn is an absolutely peerless warrior. The whole cycle is filled with exaggerated feats by Cuchulainn and others. As an example, Fergus Mac ...
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Are there recommended collection/translations of Irish mythology/folklore?

Let me start my answer by saying that Irish mythology is a complete mess, not in the sense of the myths per se, but of the sources. The division in the four major cycles is a convenient cataloguing ...
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Aoife and Cu Chulainn

I basically answer this question from the sources in another question here so I'll modify it for your question. Aoife is a warrior woman who Cú's teacher Scáthach seems to have an ongoing feud with: ...
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Citations for Fragarach in Irish Mythology?

Although it's Manannan's sword, Lugh wears it in the story of The Fate of the Children of Tuireann. He has Manannan's horse, lorica (breastplate) and his sword, probably because Manannan fostered him. ...
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Is there any significance to Baile's Strand as the setting for Cúchulainn's duel with his son?

From the entry on the Irish heroine Ailinn in Patricia Monaghan's "Encyclopedia of Celtic Mythology and Folklore": One of Ireland's greatest romances revolves around this princess of the ...
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Why isn't Súaltam disabled by Macha's curse?

I think Macha's curse was an ad-hoc explanation, and not a very well thought through one, for a story that had got out of hand. The story probably started out much shorter. Ailill and Medb invade ...
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Why isn't Súaltam disabled by Macha's curse?

I wonder if it's because he and his "son" are in Co. Meath at the time. They were watching out for Medb's army at Iraird Cuilenn (Crossakiel, County Meath), not in Ulster. Another explanation might ...
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