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Ptolemy (fl. 146—170) Greek astronomer and geographer




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[Ir., fair, white].

Shadowy ancient Irish personification of knowledge and wisdom, a prefiguration of Fionn mac Cumhaill and possibly of Fintan mac Bóchra. Although not cited in Old Irish narrative, his name is recorded as buvinda in Ptolemy's geography (2nd cent. ad) and this can be argued to be an Irish cognate of the Continental Vindos and Vindonnus, an epithet of Apollo. Dáithí Ó hÓgain has argued that he contributes motifs of knowledge and occult wisdom to several later figures whose names begin Find-, Finn-. See also FINN, FINN-. See Fionn Mac Cumhaill (Dublin, 1988), 3–26, 323–6.

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