5 Responses to “what did the eating of Atlantic Salmon give a person in Celtic folklore?”

  • Joesph C:

    fish breath

  • robgently:

    Knowledge.

    But it was a “special” salmon.

  • Spyderbear:

    Salmon and hazelnuts were both considered food of knowledge by the Celts. There is some true science connected with this folk belief. Both these foods contain certain fatty acids that have been found to aid the brain when converting short term memories into long-term memories. If apprentice bards ate these foods just before practicing the old stories and songs, these acids might help the memories become long-term.

  • Rachelle_of_Shangri_La:

    The Salmon of Wisdom or Salmon of Knowledge is a creature figuring in the Fenian Cycle of Irish mythology. According to the story, it was an ordinary salmon that ate the nine hazel nuts that fell into the Well of Wisdom from nine hazel trees that surrounded the fountain. In doing so, the salmon gained all the knowledge in the world. Moreover, the first person to eat of its flesh would, in turn, gain this knowledge.

    The poet Finn Eces spent seven years fishing for the salmon. When he finally caught it, he instructed his apprentice, Fionn, to prepare it for him. Fionn burned his thumb when spattered with some of the hot fat from the cooking salmon and immediately sucked on it to ease the pain. When he brought the cooked meal to Finegas, his master saw a fire in the boy’s eyes that had not been there before. When asked by Finegas, Fionn denied that he had eaten of the fish. When pressed, he admitted his accidental taste. It was this incredible knowledge and wisdom gained from the Salmon of Knowledge that allowed Fionn to become the leader of the Fianna, the famed heroes of Irish myth.

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