Concern Linguistics: I have read that the Scottish figure Nicneven could be translated as “Daughter of Nevis”? i.e. as in Ben Nevis home to the Cailleach. I have no idea to the truth of the statement? (I also read that Nicniven is connected to Gyre-Carling and as so is another name for Cailleach?)
There is another idea that Nicniven is the anglization of “Nic an Neamhain” (the Irish goddess)? Again I have no idea it this can be true or not?
[The Scottish records mention that two women calling themselves “Nicniven” where executed as witches in the 16th and 17th centuries, if that helps?]
Sir Walter Scot tells: "The great Scottish poet Dunbar has made a spirited description of this Hecate [Nicneven] riding at the head of witches and good neighbours (fairies, namely), sorceresses and elves, indifferently, upon the ghostly eve of All-Hallow Mass." His sources was "Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedy" from 1508, yet I find the phonetical-spelling impossible to read.
On a cultural level Nicneven is no the only goddess out on All-Hallow Mass?
Morrigan leaves Cruachan to meet with Dagda? And Dagda is on a date with two other goddesses the same night (Boann and the daughter of Indech).
There is also "Feis Temro" on Samain; said to be represent ritual mating with the earth goddess, be she Tea or Medb. Plus similar festivals for goddesses held that night at Tlachtga and Emain Macha?
Then there is case of Mongfhidrin being worship at Samhin-tide:
"Subsequently Mongfhidrin died, on samhain’s very eve, and this constitutes [the tale called] ‘Mongfhionn the Sorceress’s Tragical Death’; and the reason for which samhain-tide is by the common people called ‘the Festival of Mongfhionn’ is that she, so long as she was in the flesh, had [occult] powers, and was a witch: wherefore it is that on samhain-eve women and the rabble address their petitions to her."
From "Death of Crimthann son of Fidach":
Why do goddesses get so restless on Samain? Does known of the manuscripts give an insight as to why?
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