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== Cuchulainn & the Cattle Raid of Cooley ==
 
== Cuchulainn & the Cattle Raid of Cooley ==
The importance of cattle to the Celts is clearly demonstrated in the part of the Ulster Cycle known as the ''Táin Bó Cualnge ''('''The Cattle Raid of Cooley'''). '''Maeve''', queen of [[Kingdom of Connaught|Connaught]], comparing her wealth with that of her husband [[Ailil (Founder)|Ailil]], found that in all things they were equal, except that Ailil had a fantastic bull among his cattle and Maeve did not. Learning that the king of [[Kingdom of Ulster|Ulster]] owned a brown bull the equal of her husband’s, she sent a messenger to offer the king generous gifts (including herself) for the loan of the bull for a year. As the king was about to accept, the queen’s emissary boasted that they could have taken the bull regardless. Insulted, the king sent them back to Connaught empty-handed. Angered by his refusal, Maeve led her people to war to take the bull as a prize.
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The importance of cattle to the Celts is clearly demonstrated in the part of the Ulster Cycle known as the ''Táin Bó Cualnge ''('''The Cattle Raid of Cooley'''). '''Maeve''', queen of [[Connaught (CTD)|Connaught]], comparing her wealth with that of her husband [[Ailil (Founder)|Ailil]], found that in all things they were equal, except that Ailil had a fantastic bull among his cattle and Maeve did not. Learning that the king of [[Ulster (CTD)|Ulster]] owned a brown bull the equal of her husband’s, she sent a messenger to offer the king generous gifts (including herself) for the loan of the bull for a year. As the king was about to accept, the queen’s emissary boasted that they could have taken the bull regardless. Insulted, the king sent them back to Connaught empty-handed. Angered by his refusal, Maeve led her people to war to take the bull as a prize.
   
 
Because of a curse, the warriors of Ulster could not awaken to do battle with Maeve’s forces. Instead, Cuchulainn, son of [[Lugh of the Long Arm|Lugh]], went out alone to fight them. His invincible spear (the '''''gae bolg''''') and battle fury stood him in good stead, and he killed many Connaughtmen each day until he agreed to single combat instead. Though Cuchulainn won against each champion sent to fight him, Maeve secretly stole the bull while Cuchulainn was engaged in battle and drove it back across the border into Connaught. There it fought with the bull of Connaught and killed it. Having received terrible wounds itself, the brown bull of Ulster returned home and dropped dead.
 
Because of a curse, the warriors of Ulster could not awaken to do battle with Maeve’s forces. Instead, Cuchulainn, son of [[Lugh of the Long Arm|Lugh]], went out alone to fight them. His invincible spear (the '''''gae bolg''''') and battle fury stood him in good stead, and he killed many Connaughtmen each day until he agreed to single combat instead. Though Cuchulainn won against each champion sent to fight him, Maeve secretly stole the bull while Cuchulainn was engaged in battle and drove it back across the border into Connaught. There it fought with the bull of Connaught and killed it. Having received terrible wounds itself, the brown bull of Ulster returned home and dropped dead.
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