Donnerstag, 9. September 2010
Taranis is assumed to be the highest Celtic god, similarly to Zeus in Rome. Taranis is very often portrayed with felly wheels, which researchers consider to be a symbol of Sun. He is also a lord of thunder, lightning, storms and foul weather. Things and animals were sacrificed for him; probably the lightning which causes fire was the model.
The junction of thunder-ruler and god of Sun has no parallel. It is difficult to worship a god who can sow devastation by storm and on the other side he can give life by sun rays. A hammer is the next attribute of Taranis. It is a symbol of thunder bang. We can find a parallel in north Thor with a hammer Mjolni or in Slavic Perun with a mallet Milna.