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  • Games, non-competitive games of skill performed in a fashion similar to the Olympics in honor of Tailtiu.

    The Teltown Funeral Games were held for centuries to commemorate the death of Tea "Teia" Tephi (queen Tailte - Tailtiu), the queen of all Ireland, who lived in her palace on Rath Dubh at Teltown and reigned in the sixth century B.C. These games were held in the form of a Fair and were not only to commemorate Teia Tephi and her death, but were also to help the people to remember The Perfect Laws of Freedom and Justice contained in The Torah, that she brought with her when she came to Ireland from Jerusalem, arriving in 583 B.C.

    Tailitiu ‘Great Land’, was the Irish cognate of the roman Telus. A Fir Bolg queen and the foster-mother of Lugh. She instituted agriculture and died clearing the land that would become Co. Meath. Lugh instituted funerary games at Teltown, held on Lughnasadh, to honour both her and her accomplishments.

    January 25, 2008

  • See also Rás Tailteann

    January 25, 2008