Celtic Goddesses
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Tuatha De Danann

Anu

Morrigan 1

Banshee

Cailleach

Olwen

Lady of the Lake


Epona


Morrigan 2


Aoifa


Medb


Sadb


Iseult

CELTIC GODDESSES
Most people associate the Celts with the British Islands, but they were spread over most of the European continent and even penetrated as far east as Asia Minor in 278 BC. The Celts were a force to be reckoned with until the rise of Roman power and they even sacked Rome in 385 BC.
Although eventually incorporated into the Roman Empire, the Celts continued to worship their own Gods and Goddesses and it was only when the Romans officially adopted Christianity that the Celtic mythology started to wane. The Christian church did its utmost to destroy Celtic religions and mythology and most of what we now know about Celtic culture come from Ireland, a country that was never under Roman control.
However, the church found it no easy task to submit the Celts to its control and eventually incorporated Celtic Gods and Goddesses into the church as Saints and built churches on places used for Celtic worship and rituals. This was a clever ploy as the Celts distrusted script and relied on speech and memory to pass on their culture and Christianity eventually replaced Celtic mythology.
The Celts believed in Reincarnation, and to them the Otherworld was a paradise, rather than the dismal abode of the dead of the Greeks and Romans. The Otherworld was thus a place where souls could rest prior to their rebirth into the world. Celtic mythology is filled with bitter wars and feuds and it is this infighting that kept them from uniting against foreign foes. This eventually led to their downfall.
The Arthurian legends are from the dying days of the Celtic period and it is not sure whether Arthur was an historical or mythical figure, nor weather it took place in Britain or France. Be it as it may, Arthur's departure to Avalon signaled the end of the age of Chivalry.

 


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