At 08:46 AM 5/11/99 -0500, Mike Hayman wrote:
>The names of gods and goddesses varied considerably from tribe to tribe,
>Celtic tribal culture was not homogenous. The three part goddess was call
>Brighid, Danu and the Morrigan in Ireland at least some of the time. Other
>names and roles are so chaotic or lost that systematic cataloging and
>comparison is a long-winded affair. The Romans tended to just stick the
>name of Latin god most akin (in their eyes) to describe them and hence we
>get even more confusion.
Only confusion, I suggest, if we lose sight of the Goddess nature. Names
not only vary from 'tribe to tribe', but among persons in place and time generally. As today, large numbers of people probably had no conception
whatever of the finer distinctions of the Celtic esoterica, and so their vocabularies remained general. They simply followed the priests.
Complicating this issue has been various attempts by Mosiac scholars over the millenia to fix things by having names written down, when previously
they had only ever been invoked in a ritual context.
Let me simply say then, that we now, no less than they then, are free
to name entities as we chose. Putting a name to something doesn't change
it one iota. This weekend in the Antipodes is our Samhain (19 May), and
however we invoke the Crone and she responds, then so be it.
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