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Badb

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Badb (Badhbh, Bodhbh) was a triune Celtic goddess of sorcery, war, and death in the Irish tradition. Often taking the form of a screaming raven or crow, she terrifies and ...

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... Badb (Badhbh, Bodhbh) was a triune Celtic goddess of sorcery, war, and death in the Irish tradition. Often taking the form of a screaming raven or crow, she terrifies and demoralizes warriors in battle. Her husband is the war god Net. Badb, with Nemain and Macha , is an aspect of or one and the same with the triune goddess Morrigan...

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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

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... when she appears to Cúchulainn . Badb is the daughter of either Cailitin or Ernmas and the wife or granddaughter of Néit . Sometimes Néit is described as having two wives, Nemain and Badb, but Badb's place may be taken by Fea . Less commonly, Badb may be the wife of Tethra . Badb is one of a trio of battle-goddesses, the Mórrígna , along with Mórrígan and Macha . Nemain , perhaps an aspect of Badb, is sometimes also in the trio; she is another battle-goddess who is also married to Néit. In addition Badb appears to be closely related to the...

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Badb (Badhbh, Bodhbh) was a triune Celtic goddess of sorcery, war, and death in the Irish tradition. Often taking the form of a screaming raven or crow, she terrifies and ...
Mórrígna

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[Ir., great queens].Name for a trio of war-goddesses, usually thought to consist of Badb, Macha, and Mórrígan. Nemain is sometimes named, either because she is a double for or substitute for Badb or ...
Fea

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Shadowy Irish war-goddess sometimes seen as the second consort of Néit instead of Badb; the other consort is Nemain. In some accounts she is a consort of Nuadu.
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See BADB; NÉIT; see also BOCÁNACH and BÁNÁNACH, the demons of battle.
Bodua

Bodua  

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A Gaulish war-goddess analogous with Badb of Ireland. Also known as Cathubodua, Cauth Bova.
bánánach

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Preternatural female beings in early Irish literature who haunt the field of battle. See also BADB; BOCÁNACH.
Néit

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Shadowy early Irish god of war, often grouped with the Fomorians. He is usually portrayed as having two wives or consorts, Badb and Nemain. This does not make him an adulterer; rather, he may be ...
Tethra

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Chief of the semi-divine Fomorians, nephew of Forgall Manach, who comes to be seen as a king of the Otherworld. Seen as a Fomorian, Tethra wields the sword Orna savagely but is none the less killed ...
Ernmas

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Mother of divinities. According to some texts she is the mother of the divine eponyms of Ireland, Ériu, Banba, and Fódla, but in other texts Eirnin is their mother. She is also named as the mother of ...
Cathubodua

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[raven of battle]. Gaulish goddess known only from an inscription in Haute Savoie in eastern France; thought to be an anticipation of Badb, the Irish war-goddess. Perhaps identical with Cauth Bodva.
Niam

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1 Sometime wife of Conall Cernach, his other consort being Lendabair. She is better remembered, however, for nursing Cúchulainn, during which time she becomes his mistress. She tries to stop ...
washer at the ford

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English name for a familiar figure in Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, and perhaps Breton oral tradition, who may appear locally under different names. A death omen, she is sometimes beautiful and ...
Cailitin

Cailitin  

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Irish wizard or druid, perhaps of Fomorian origin, friendly to Medb, who does battle with and is defeated by Cúchulainn. Cailitin travels with his twenty-seven offspring, and may be called ‘Clan ...
Nemain

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Representing the madness of battle, the Irish goddess Nemain (Nemhain), one of several war goddesses, hovered over battlefields such as the one in the Tain Bo Cuailnge, bringing terror to the hearts ...
Triads

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Indo-European mythology is marked by the concept of threes, as in the tripartism of certain deity combinations and in the triune arrangement of the goddess as maiden, mother, and crone. ...
Macha

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One of several Irish triune goddesses of war, Macha is the wife of the invader Nemed. But later, as the wife of the Tuatha Dé Danaan king, Nuada, she is ...
Morrigan

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Morrigan (Morrighan, Morrigu) was the Irish triune goddess of war, death, and destruction. She was also a goddess of fertility who had intercourse with the Tuatha Dé Danaan king, the ...
Cath Maige Tuired

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(Battle of Mag Tuired),a saga of the mythological cycle dealing with the defeat of the malevolent Fomoiri by the gods of the Irish, known as the Tuatha Dé Danann ...

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