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Goídel Glas

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[cf. W Gwyddel, Irishman].

Eponymous founder of the Goidelic or Gaelic languages, according to the pseudo-history Lebor Gabála [Book of Invasions]. Son of a Pharaoh's daughter, Scota (2), and Niúl, a forebear of the Milesians, Goídel barely survives infancy. The biblical Moses saves him when he was bitten by a snake; the resultant green mark gives Goídel his epithet glas [green]. Moses cures him with a touch of his rod and then prophesies that he and his descendants will be free from serpents and will live in a land where none are to be found. Following the instructions of his grandfather, Fénius Farsaid, who was present at the separation of the languages at Babel, Goídel fashions the Irish language out of the seventy-two tongues then in existence.

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