From John Hooker:
>The Gundestrup cauldron mixes Celtic, Dionysian and Orphic
sacrificed bull on the base and the bull sacrifice on one of the
plates is purely Dionysian. The female figure with the bird is
(Persephone in the Underworld when Demeter sent a bird to find
Cernunnos plate offers "a nod" to Dionysos as Lord of animals
resurrection, but the emblems (there and elsewhere) are
Celtic campaigns in Italy. The Gundestrup cauldron, everywhere,
ivy plant as a connecting design element.
Have you or anyone else explored the very probable link of
Cernunnos as depicted on the Gundestrop cauldron with other
ancient horned deities from Mohenjo Daro and Haruppa from the
Indus river civilizations?
I have seen photographs of a horned deity, likewise sitting in the
lotus position, that were said to be understood as an early
depiction of Shiva and also known as "Pashupati" which were
unearthed in excavations of those two Indus river valley cities.
Since then I have understood "Cernunnos" to be the Celtic
equivalent to this ancient Indo-European deity, and whatever his
name was, "Cernunnos" being a name of address as in "O Horned One"
(Shiva is addressed as "O peaked [or "horned"] One") perhaps the
Celtic trinity of Esus, Teutates, Tarannos is roughly equivalent
to the Hindu trinity of Shiva, Brahma, Vishnu.
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