Clodagh Downey wrote:
> As far as I know, this is the only reference to Mongfhind in connection with
> Samain. It has been suggested also that she, like Sín in 'Aided Murchertaig
> maic Erca', may have been a sort of 'anti-sovereignty goddess', in that she
> does influence the course of sovereignty in these tales, and she does serve
> drink to a king, but it is to kill him and not to confirm his kingship.
> This any help?
Fíorspéisiúil! Thanks, Clodagh. So, if the "anti-sovereignty goddess" is
associated with Oíche Shamhna, is there evidence to associate the bestower
of sovereignty with Beltaine? Just a thought. And could the archetypal
sovereignty goddess simply have two aspects? Máire Bhreathnach wrote a piece
in ZCP 39 called "The Sovereignty Goddess as a Goddess of Death", but I
need to get to the library to see if there is anything relevant there.