Crom Dubh

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Crom Dubh (Old Irish: [krˠuumˠ d̪ˠuβˠ], Scottish Gaelic: [kʰɾɔum t̪uh]), meaning "dark crooked [one]" (also Crum Dubh, Dark Crom) is a mythological and folkloric figure of Ireland, based on the god Crom Cruach, or "king idol of Ireland", mentioned in the 12th-century dinnseanchas of Magh Slécht.[1]

The festival for Crom Cruach is called Dé Domhnaigh Crum-Dubh (Crom Dubh Sunday)[2] in Ireland, the first Sunday in August, but in Lochaber a term for Easter) as in the Scottish Gaelic saying DiDòmhnaich Crum Dubh, plaoisgidh mi an t-ugh. "Crooked black Sunday, I’ll shell the egg."[citation needed][clarification needed]

Crom Cruach is called the chief Celtic idol of Ireland by Michael J. O'Kelly, and was located on Magh Slécht (The Plain of Prostrations) in County Cavan, surrounded by twelve other idols.[3]

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  1. ^ Nutt, The Celtic Doctrine of Re-Birth (1897), p. 149.
  2. ^ "Celtic Gods, Crom Cruaich". Magic of Mythology. Archived from the original on 4 July 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2010. Festivals: Domhnach Crom Dubh - Last Sunday in July or First Sunday in August. During Lughnasadh - (The August festival of Lugh)...
  3. ^ O'Kelly, Michael J. (1989). Claire O'Kelly (ed.). Early Ireland: An Introduction to Irish Prehistory. Cambridge University Press. p. 288. ISBN 0-521-33687-2.

This article incorporates text from "Dwelly's [Scottish] Gaelic Dictionary" (1911).

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