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The Celtic river goddess of the river Severn (southwestern Great Britain).

Daughter of Bobd the Red, and mother of Ossian.

(Scathach) ('"shadowed") The Irish/Scottish "Lady of Shadows", the lady "of the Shadowy Isle". She is a warrior, also associated with smithcraft and oracular wisdom. She dwells in Albannach (Scotland), on (most tales agree) the Isle of Skye (Scaith) A great warrior Goddess whose name means "she who strikes fear", Scatha was also called "the shadowy one". She taught many of the legendary Celtic heroes all their skills, including battlefield magic. They traveled great distances to study with her; to learn strategy and martial arts. During their stay of a year and a day, she taught them fierce battle cries and terrifying leaps and bounds, making them undefeatable in combat. Upon completion of their studies, the students would return to their people to do great deeds. Scatha is best known as the tutor of Cuchulainn in the arts of both love and war in the Táin Bó Cualgne.

The Celtic goddess of the river Seine. Water was venerated by the Celts as a source of the life-force, as well as for its cleansing and curative properties. The River Goddess Sequanna stands in her duck-prow vessel, welcoming pilgrims visiting her shrine to seek cures.

The Irish goddess of the river Shannon. The myth of Sinend and the Well of Knowledge accounts for the name of the Shannon river.

The Goddess Displaying Her Parts. This Celtic archetype of the Great Mother appeared in folk and church art by at least 1080 AD, but undoubtedly is of much earlier origin. She may be identical with the war goddess Morrigan, consort to the Dagda. One of her images is found near the ancient goddess shrine of Avebury, where she symbolized fertility; displaying her sexual parts was believed to ward off evil. Carvings of Sheela-na-Gigs may have accompanied the seasonal harvest custom of weaving corn dollies which dates from North European antiquity. With the advent of Christianity she is portrayed (even on the outside of English churches) as a female demon to ward off evil.

A Celtic goddess after whom the river Sâone is named.

The Celtic British goddess of hot springs, especially at Bath (Aquae Sulis).

(Sulevia) Celtic goddess of healing, she presided over the sacred, healing springs. She was called Brigantia by the Britons; and Saint Brighid by the Christians. She is akin to the Roman goddess Minerva.

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