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Irish collections dating from the s and Welsh collections from the s recount many of the myths and legends of the ancient Celts. Major Gods. The Celts worshiped a variety of gods who appeared in their tales. Most were all-powerful local deities rather than gods with specialized roles. Each tribe had its own god, who protected and provided for the welfare of that tribe. Some of them had similar characteristics. For example, Dagda, the god of life and death in Ireland—known as the good god—resembled Esus, the "master" god of Gaul.
Some deities had more clearly defined roles. Among these were Lug, or Lugus, a sun god associated with arts and skills, war and healing, and the horned god Cernunnos, who was god of animals and fertility. The Celts also had a large number of important female deities.
These included Morrigan, the "Great Queen"—actually three war goddesses, Morrigan, Badb, and Nemain, who appeared as ravens during battle. Another important deity was Brigit, goddess of learning, healing, and metalworking. Epona, the horse goddess, was associated with fertility, water, and death. Major Themes.
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Magic, magicians, and the supernatural played a significant role in Celtic mythology. A common theme was the magic cauldron. The cauldron of plenty was never empty and supplied great quantities of food. The cauldron of rebirth brought slain warriors to life again. Other important themes in the myths were voyages to mysterious and dangerous lands and larger-than-life heroes. The heroes experienced all kinds of adventures and often had to perform impossible tasks before marrying their loved one. Love, romance, and mischief also figured prominently.
The gods played tricks on humans and on one another. Animals changed shape at will. The Gundestrup cauldron is a silver vessel thought to have been made sometime around B. A symbol of abundance and renewal, the cauldron contains many scenes and characters from Celtic mythology. Many myths told of the otherworld. In this mysterious place, there was no work and no death, and the gods and spirits who lived there never got old. After reaching the otherworld, they would live happily for all time.
Early Irish myths blend mythology and history by describing how Ireland was settled by different groups of Celtic deities and humans. Filled with magic and excitement, the tales tell of battles between forces of light and darkness. Minimum star rated: 1 2 3 4 5. Please enter details of your search Please amend your search to refresh results. Keep in touch on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Close Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry Don't miss out Sign-up for the latest information on great offers, holiday hot spots and events across Ireland.