Taken from the Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions
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Today’s religious topic is as follows:
“Belenus”, (Gaulish: possibly, “Bright One”), an ancient and widely worshiped deity in CELTIC RELIGION, he was associated with healing. The festival of BELTANE (or Beltine) held on May 1 in Gaelic-speaking lands was possibly originally connected with his cult. O that day the cattle were purified and protected by fire before being put out to the open pastures for the summer.
There is evidence of the cult of Belenus in northern Italy, Noricum in the eastern Alps, and southern Gaul. Belenus is often identified with APOLLO and probably also combined solar and curative elements.
Belenus is the Gaulish/Celtic god of light, and referred to as ‘The Shining One’. His cult spread from northern Italy to southern Gaul and Britain.
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