I’m still powering my way through Will Parker’s ‘Four Branches of the Mabinogi’ at the moment. I have just gotten to the chapter concerning the fourth branch which surrounds the Children of Don and have come across something which I found very interesting and also useful as it confirms some of my own thoughts.
It centres on the successive takeover of the children of Llyr by the children of Don. Parker uses prehistoric evidence tied in with the myths to begin to put the mabinogi into context within a changing society in
Next come the Son of Beli Mawr. Parker believes that these are the later Belgic peoples, the ‘Celts’ so to speak and as such were also slightly more warlike. Rather than totally succeed the children of Don there seems to be much more of a co-existence, now as there is no evidence of genocide as these Belgic peoples move into
It would seem that Beli Mawr ISNT Belenus at all but an historical figure, though whether he may have become ‘elevated’ as the mighty dead into an avatar like role remains to be seen. More pondering on this point I think.
It is certainly nice to have some of my own thoughts and ponderings confirmed in this way.