Ogmios is a gaulish god of eloquence, and the personification of poetry, literature, learning and persuasiveness...
He was also a binding god who would use his powers of persuasion to bind men onto himself and then escort souls on their journey to the after-live...
It is he who invented the runic language of the Druids.
His attributes are a bow and stick.
The father of Ogham was Oghma; The mother of Ogham was the hand or knife of Oghma...
Roman sources describe Ogmios as an orator of remarkable charisma. Celtic sources from the same era describe Ogmios as a educator and the creator of the ogam writing system.
Combining these, Ogmios becomes a wise and charismatic teacher of Celtic ways and scholarly endevour.This was the guide and patron of the Druid Order of Teachers.
A Celt, in a discussion with Lucian, explained how the Celtic Ogmios, personifying the power of speech was represented by Heracles rather than Hermes.
This Celt made various references to Greek legends in the course of the conversation. - John Rhys, Lectures on the Origin and Growth of Religion as Illustrated by Celtic Heathendom, London 1898.
Stranger, I will tell you the secret of the painting, for you seem very much troubled about it.
We Celts do not consider the power of speech to be Hermes, as you Greeks do, but we represent it by means of Heracles, because he is much stronger than Hermes.
So if this old man Heracles, the power of speech, draws men after him, tied to his tongue by their ears you have no reason to wonder, as you must be aware of the close connection between the ears and the tongue.
...In a word, we Celts are of opinion that Heracles himself performed everything by the power of words, as he was a wise fellow, and that most of his compulsion was effected by persuasion.
His weapons ... are his utterances which are sharp and well aimed, swift to pierce the mind: and you too say that words have wings...
But, whereas Hercules was a mortal with supernatural powers, Ogmios seems more of a god to the Celts...
The German Renaissance painter Albrecht Dürer depicted this deity. Commonly compared with the Irish Ogma...
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