The Irish goddess of poetry.
The Celtic goddess who is associated with horseback riding. She is probably
equivalent to the Gaulish goddess Epona.
An Irish goddess; daughter of Balor, wife of either Mackinely or Cian,
and mother of Lugh. She ma be equated with the Welsh Arianrhod.
In the Mabinogion, the Welsh mythic epic, this heroine appears
as the world's first highway engineer. When her land was threatened, she
magically built highways across the country so that her soldiers could
gather and defend it.
In the Tavola Ritonda a witch who imprisoned King Arthur. He was
rescued by Tristan.
An exceptionally beautiful, and intelligent woman who was aware of her
charms. Before she would allow the hero Cuchulainn to have relations with
her, she demanded the completion of a number of heroic tasks, reasoning
it was warranted by her superior endowments.
The Celtic goddess of abundance who cared for all horses. She was the
daughter of a mare and a man, and was able to assume human or equine form.
Her legend spread from Gaul throughout all the lands and was even adopted
by the Romans. An ancient stone carving of her was found in Beihingen,
Germany. Epona is depicted sitting side saddle or lying on a horse, or
standing with multiple horses around her. Her symbol is the Cornucopia
("horn of plenty") which suggests that she could have been originally
a fertility goddess. She is identified with the Celtic goddess Edain,
and is associated with sovereignty and rulership.
The Old English name for Mother Earth. In 'The Roots of Witchcraft' (Harrison,
p.133) it is suggested that "Old English erce (pronaounced
air-chay) is nothing more or less than Basque (that is, Western European
Neolithic) erche (pronounced airshay) 'bowels, belly, intestine,
womb'... That fruitful womb from which all blessings flow."
(Eri, Eyre, Eire, Eiriu). The personification of Ireland. One of the triplicity
of Goddesses who are patronesses of all Ireland with Banbha and Fotla.
The name of Ireland is derived from her name. Eriu was the wife of the
Tuatha King MacGreine. She belongs to the Fomorians and is the mother
of Bres, king of Ireland. The name of Ireland is derived from her name.
("murder") An Irish maternal divinity, the mother of the Morrigan
triplicity and of the Eriu triplicity.
In Irish legend, Etain is the second wife of Mider, and was transformed
by his jealous first consort, Fuamnach, into a fly. By Eochaid She is
the mother of Liban. She is associated with horses, and may be a later
period aspect of an early sun goddess.
(Edain) Sometimes confused with Etain, above. The daughter of Dioncecht
and the wife of Oghma; in Ireland she is considered the patroness of craftsmanship
An ancient Irish goddess that subsisted on the milk from a sacred cow
The daughter of Balor.