Ogham Series - Eolas - Knowledge
Ogham is the first written script of Ireland. Said to have been created by the God Ogma as proof of his scholarly prowess, these characters can be found all across Ireland marking prominent stones where ever you may go. Combining this ancient script with the words from the living Irish language our Ogham series hopes to bring new energy and awareness to both.
Eolas is the Irish word for Knowledge, but though it can be used for information, it is interesting that this word also covers a practical understanding or familiarity that some might attribute to deeper comprehension.
There are many words for knowledge in the Irish language as there are many tales in our mythology and folk lore where knowledge is regarded with great respect. From the stories of the great Hazel tree in the Otherworld from with knowledge falls to be consumed by salmon, to the heroic origins of Fionn as he eats one of these salmon and gains, not strength, or speed, but a greater gift than mere physical attributes. He gains access to all knowledge. and as they say, knowledge is power.
Yet Eolas goes beyond the academic range of knowledge. The word also speaks to a more fully realised expression of knowledge in its meaning of practical understanding. Access to all the knowledge in the world can be of little use when you don't know what to do with it. Much like the story of Fionn, we too have access to all knowledge, maybe even in your hand right now.
I guess only you can choose to go beyond just information, and uncover the real meaning of eolas.
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