On Fri, 19 Jun 1998, Christian Chiarcos wrote:
> In fact, the stone there is damaged and the reading is not sure:
> As far as I know, this is the only quotation of the name in
> Gaulish/Celtic, so the existence of a Gaulish goddess *Catu-bodua is
> very unsure:
The _Dictionary of Celtic Mythology_ (James MacKillop, Oxford Univ.
Press, 1998) has the following entry:
"Cauth Bodva. A Gaulish anticipation of Badb, the Irish war-goddess.
Perhaps identical with Cathubodua."
Do any of your sources mention this "Cauth Bodva"?
Also, I want to thank you and Lisa for setting me straight on the
etymology of Beowulf. I got the "Beaduwulf" explanation from the
Oxford Univ. Press's _An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary_, which seemed like
a good recommendation. I see now that it goes back to 1898, although
still in print. As you can tell this, I have no OE expertise!
PS - I highly recommend MacKillop's dictionary. It's comprehensive,
esp. in regard to the Irish tradition, cross-referenced in detail,
and linguistically sophisticated, giving both old and modern spellings
and keeping them sorted out.