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The Ancient Irish Goddess of War

By Hennessey, WM

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Reproduction Date: 2014

Title: The Ancient Irish Goddess of War  
Author: Hennessey, WM
Volume: Vol. 1
Language: English
Subject: Sacred Texts, Ireland, Celtic
Collections: Sacred Texts
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Publisher: Internet Sacred Text Archive (ISTA)


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Description: The Morrígan is usually interpreted as a war goddess: W.M. Hennessey's The Ancient Irish Goddess of War, written in 1870, was influential in establishing this interpretation. The Morrígan (terror or phantom queen) or Mórrígan (great queen) (aka Morrígu, Morríghan, Mor-Ríoghain) is a figure from Irish mythology who appears to have once been a goddess, although she is not explicitly referred to as such in the texts. She is usually seen as a terrifying figure. She is associated with war and death on the battlefield, sometime appearing in the form of a carrion crow, premonitions of doom, and with cattle. She is often considered a war deity comparable with the Germanic Valkyries, although her association with cattle also suggests a role connected with fertility and the land. She is often interpreted as a triple goddess, although membership of the triad varies: the most common combination is the Morrígan, the Badb and Macha, but sometimes includes Nemain, Fea, Anann and others.


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