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antler

antler  

Bony growths borne on the heads of deer (Cervidae). Antlers are shed each year at the end of the rut and regrown the following year, producing more branches with each year. The antlers are covered ...
Caibell

Caibell  

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The story of Caibell and his friend Etar and the contest for their daughters depicts an enigmatic war between pre-Christian divinities little understood by later scribes. Caibell and Etar are rulers ...
Diana

Diana  

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An Italian goddess anciently identified with Artemis, from whom she took over the patronage of margins and savageness. One of her most famous shrines was on Mt. Tifata near Capua; the name Tifata ...
Drostan

Drostan  

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(d. early 7th century),abbot and founder of the monastery of Deer (Aberdeenshire). This became an important centre for the foundation of churches on both sides of the Moray Firth. Being in a distant ...
elk

elk  

1 N. American form of Cervus elaphus (red deer, wapiti).2 (moose, Alcesalces) See Cervidae.
fawn

fawn  

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Like the deer and the stag, the fawn exercised great power over the early Celtic imagination. The Eacute;rainn King Lugaid Laígde pursued a fawn, probably a divine personification of Ireland itself. ...
féth fíada

féth fíada  

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[OIr. féth, mist, fog; fíada, lord, master, possessor].A magic mist or veil that usually renders those under it invisible; sometimes those under it may take animal form. Also known as ceó druídecta, ...
Flidais

Flidais  

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[cf. OIr. os, deer].Woodland goddess of venery and wild things, mistress to stags, reputed to drive a chariot drawn by deer; often compared to the Roman Diana and Greek Artemis. She often bears the ...
Fountain of Life

Fountain of Life  

The fountain of life (Gen 2:10) and its water were pervasive images of Christian salvation. Baptistery decoration throughout early Christendom showed the drinking harts of Psalm 42:1 (see Deer) or ...
Gilfaethwy

Gilfaethwy  

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In Welsh mythology, Gilfaethwy is a son of the mother goddess Don; his brother Gwydion helped him to gain possession of the virgin Goewin, who had the job of serving ...
Iphigenia

Iphigenia  

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In Greek mythology, the daughter of Agamemnon, who was obliged to offer her as a sacrifice to Artemis when the Greek fleet was becalmed on its way to the Trojan War. However, in some accounts, ...
Mabinogion

Mabinogion  

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A collection of Welsh prose tales of the 11th–13th centuries, dealing with Celtic legends and mythology, and preserved in The White Book of Rhydderch (1300–25) and The Red Book of Hergest ...
Mongán

Mongán  

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[Ir. mong, head of long and abundant hair; cf. moing, mane, i.e. a poetic kenning for the sea].Character in several fantastic narratives in the Cycle of Kings whose persona is rooted in a historical ...
muntjac

muntjac  

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Small primitive Asian deer. It is brown with cream markings and has tusk-like canine teeth and short, two-pronged antlers. There are two well known species, the Indian muntjac or barking ...
Oisin

Oisin  

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A legendary Gaelic warrior and bard, known also as Ossian (see Macpherson and Fingal). In The Wanderings of Oisin (1889), a narrative poem by Yeats, the bard tells Saint Patrick the story of his love ...
Otherworld

Otherworld  

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Religions are often understood to be concerned with realms beyond everyday life. “Spiritual,” “heavenly” or “supernatural” realities are sometimes considered central to definitions and experiences of ...
otter

otter  

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Otters are the emblem of St Cuthbert.
reindeer

reindeer  

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[Sp]Large four‐hoofed mammal (Rangifer tarandus) that generally roams in large herds over the Arctic and tundra regions of the northern hemisphere. Archaeological evidence from the Middle ...
ruminant

ruminant  

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An animal (such as a cow or goat) that chews the cud, having a multichambered stomach that allows it to digest cellulose.
Sadb

Sadb  

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One of the most common women's names in early Ireland, of whom the most widely known is the deer-mother of Oisín, the Fenian hero. In alternative texts the deer-mother's name is Blaí.

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