As a follow-up to my last post, I should perhaps explain a few things. The source of the story of Mabon in the medieval Welsh tale Culhwch and Olwen appears to preserve a mythological deposit about the Brythonic god Maponus. It has always struck me as a suggestive parallel to the Greek myth of Persephone, confined to the Underworld for the Winter half of the year and emerging from the darkness of Hades in Spring to bring life when new light comes to the land. But Maponus is male. Does this make him a vegetation god? Whatever his origins he seems more complex than that by the Roman period from which the only records of his worship exist. He was at that time equated with Apollo. Modern commentaries interpret 'Mabon Son of Modron' as 'Divine Son of Divine Mother'.
Posting on Easter Sunday, following posts on other fora about the meaning of Easter and, in particular, a reference to a posting on an evangelical christian site denying the origins of Easter as a pagan festival, I was moved to re-publish this poem . Whatever the balance of probabilities between the festival of Y Pasg, as Welsh has it along with other languages using terms linked to 'paschal', and Easter in English which apparently links to the Saxon goddess Eostre; however appropriate the associations of eggs and bunnies to the natural cycle; this seemed to me a good way to make my own statement about the festival as one of both natural and spiritual renewal. So, after an initial false start, I titled the post 'Atgyfodiad Maponus' (the Resurrection of Mabon). But of course he is resurrected into the world rather than from it. With Mabon, or Angus Og or the divine spark of youth in the world, magical possibilities abound. And will follow.