EPONA

Epona it's one of the most important Goddess of the continental Celts. Her name means "Great Mare', but also carries the titles of "Divine Mare" and "Mare Goddess".

Epona

Most stories related to her have been lost, but thankfully the story about her birth, as told by Agesilaos it's still know. It says that a man named Furius Stellus, who was know for his hatred towards women, decided to have sex with a mare. From this union she was born, and was believed she had the ability to take either human or horse form.

The Goddess it's associated with husbandry and fertility of body, mind and spirit, she is also call for protection and guide for dreams and life path. Also was consider the Sovereign Goddess of the Land, the Fruitful Mother and Guardian of Holy Wells and Streams.

She is well know mostly, because she was the only Celtic Deity that was part of the Roman Pantheon, maybe because the Romans were so impress by the riding skills of the Celts.

The Goddess was greatly admired when she arrived to Rome, and she was worshiped in a cult form, even got names such as: "Epona Augusta" and "Rig Antonia (Big Queen)", and even a festival was held on her honor on December 18th. Throughout the years, her cult spread over British Isles, Europe, France, Germany and Spain.

She is also it's related to the Goddess Macha in Ireland and to the Goddess Rihannon in Whales. As Rihannon, she appeared in the Mabinogion (a collection of Medieval Welsh Tales).

The Goddess was portrayed seated or standing between 2 white horses, also she used to carry a Cornupia and a basket of fruit, which helped to believe the theory of her being a fertility Goddess.

Another common portrait it's sitting on a throne flanked by 2 or more horses, but the main of Epona's representations it's she on horse back, sitting side saddle accompanied by a foal, or a dog or three birds.

Was believed that the three birds come from the Otherworld, and that had the power to restore life, and heal sadness and pain, and that she hold the keys to open the Heaven's gates and the Otherworld.

Back in the day was believed that if people saw Epona on her white horse, was a symbol of afterlife, but if she was seen with another human, she was taking that person's soul to the Afterlife.

An interesting fact its, that because sometimes the Goddess carried a napkin, was a tradition that a napkin should be dropped at the beginning of a horse race, indicating that the Goddess stood ready to begin the race of life.

Shrines for her worship were found in stables and was commemorated in various sculptures and inscriptions.

Sacred animals for her were the birds, dogs, donkeys, horses and mules.

Plants related to here were the garlands of roses, which were used to decorate her shrines.

Her colors were the black, blue and white.


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