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Celtic Myths: The Otherworld. Deities & gods from the Celtic culture. The Sidhe , Annwyn , & Avalon. Fairyworld – IE, Heaven Hidden from the world by magic Time was stationary; forever young Stationed by lakes, rivers, forests, islands, cottages, etc… Known as a kind of paradox

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celtic myths the otherworld

Celtic Myths: The Otherworld

Deities & gods from the Celtic culture

the sidhe annwyn avalon
The Sidhe, Annwyn, & Avalon
  • Fairyworld – IE, Heaven
  • Hidden from the world by magic
  • Time was stationary; forever young
  • Stationed by lakes, rivers, forests, islands, cottages, etc…
  • Known as a kind of paradox
  • Only touchable/manipulated in special circumstances
gallic deities scattered worshippers
Gallic Deities:Scattered Worshippers
  • Aericura – god of the underworld
  • Arduinna – goddess of hunting [Artemis & Diana]
  • Smetrios – god of war [Ares/Mars]
  • Cernunnos – god of nature [Hermes/Mercury]
  • Lugus – god of light [Apollo]
  • Brigindo – goddess of the arts, crafts, fertility, and sometimes war [Athena]
  • Note: Some of these are Gallic gods, and some are Roman-Gallic.
human deity relations
Human-Deity Relations
  • Like most religions, kings were married to both the deity and the land
  • Marriage to the goddess of fertility ensured agricultural success in the land
  • Earth was represented by female entities
story time part i
Story Time!Part I
  • A number of women/goddesses were called "The Sovereignty of the Land". The most famous was Morrigan; but others included the sisters Eriu, Banba, & Fodla. Eriu became the wife of two Irish kings, and the mother of another (super fertility play for Ireland, yeah?) Her sisters married the king brothers to one of her husbands (remember, we had lots of individual kingships). One day, the Milesians came to town and in the knowledge they'd win, all three sisters offered the conquerors something in exchange for naming the land after the goddesses. Eriu offered them instant victory over her people… and she won the bet. Everyone fell – and the Milesians named the island after her – also known as the "Erie Isle".
story time part ii
Story Time!Part II
  • As for the goddess Morrigan, she (they?) had an interesting quality. Her two to three sisters Badb, Macha, & possibly Nemain were each considered to possibly be a trinity figure. The three sisters were combined and called 'Morrigu', and that each individual represented a different function/personality in the one entity. They were the three goddesses…or one goddess with three roles… of war. All, regardless of their stations, were married to high kings of Ireland.
bottom line
Bottom Line
  • The deities of Celtic lore are interchangeably like the religions around it.
  • Roman and Greek gods were essentially the same.
  • Christian similarities existed in the lore.
  • The gods are directly interconnected with humanity in physical relationship.
  • The relationship between the leaders and the gods affected the success of the land.