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[Ir., the exalted one]. Pre-Christian Irish goddess of fire, smithing, fertility, cattle, crops, and poetry. She was the daughter of the Dagda and according to later tradition, ...

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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

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2004

... , Brighit , Brid , Briid , Brigid [Ir., the exalted one]. Pre-Christian Irish goddess of fire , smithing, fertility, cattle, crops, and poetry. She was the daughter of the Dagda and according to later tradition, the wife of Senchán Torpéist , a purported author of the Táin Bó Cuailnge [Cattle Raid of Cooley]. The calendar feast of Imbolc (1 February) was much associated with Brigit. Sanas Cormaic [Cormac's Glossary] (10th cent.) implies that Brigit is the name of three goddesses without giving extensive details of the other two. Brigit was...

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The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature

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2010
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...of Saint Brigit (Brigidines) in Kildare. Since returning in the 1990s to the site of their historical formation more than 1500 years earlier, the Sisters have worked to draw the devout back to the ancient holy wells, of which there are more than thirty in the Kildare district. Defining Brigit as a bridge figure – both pagan and Christian, neither Catholic nor Protestant – the Sisters have worked with local ecological and civic organizations to revive old customs like the plaiting of Brigit-crosses from green rushes and the keeping of vigils on Brigit's feast...

Brigit, S.

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Edel Bhreathnach

The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity

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2018

... place name Kilbride ( Cill Bhríde ) attests to Brigit’s widespread cult. Prayers and tales devoted to Brigit occur throughout Irish literature . Edel Bhreathnach ODNB s.n . Brigit [St Brigit, Brigid] (Charles-Edwards). Life ( BHL 1455–62, CPL 2147–48): ed. S. Connolly , ‘Vita Prima Sanctae Brigitae Background and Historical Value’, JRSAI 119 (1989), 5–49. ed. S. Connolly and J.-M. Picard , ‘Cogitosus’s “Life of Brigit” Content and Value’, JRSAI 117 (1987),...

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A Dictionary of British History (3 ed.)

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2015
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..., St ( c. 450– c. 525 ). Patron saint of Ireland, with Columba and Patrick . Born in Faughart (Co. Louth), she took the veil in her youth, having evaded marriage by disfiguring her face. Her monastery of Cill‐Dara (Kildare), founded c. 470 , developed as a centre of learning and...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature

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2003
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..., St , a national patron saint. Although her cult is attached to the church at Kildare, she is Brigantia, goddess and patron of the Brigantes, overlords of much of northern England at the time of the Roman conquest ( ad 43 ), who settled in Leinster. There is a Latin life by Cogitosus and another in Irish. Her feast fell on 1 February, or Imbolg [ see festivals...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 ed.)

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2014
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..., St (perhaps 5th–6th cent. ), ‘Bride’. Though she is greatly venerated in Ireland , the traditions about her are conflicting; she may never have lived and may represent the pagan goddess Brig Christianized. One tradition connects her with Faughard, near Dundalk, where she is said to have been born; another with Kildare, where she is honoured as patron and founder. Feast day, 1...

Brigit, St

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Audrey MacDonald

The Oxford Companion to British History (2 ed.)

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2015
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..., St ( c. 450– c. 525 ) . Patron saint of Ireland, with Columba and Patrick . Born in Faughart (Co. Louth), she took the veil in her youth, having evaded marriage by disfiguring her face. Her monastery of Cill-Dara (Kildare), founded c. 470 , developed as a centre of learning and spirituality. Her school of art was renowned for illuminated manuscripts, notably the Book of Kildare, which disappeared three centuries ago. A remarkable woman, head of a group of nunneries, influential in church affairs, her great compassion was accompanied by practical...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 rev. ed.)

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2009
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...Brigit, St (perhaps 5th-6th cent. ) , ‘Bride'. Though she is regarded with great veneration in Ireland , the traditions about her are conflicting and nothing can be said with certainty. It is even possible that she never lived, and represents the pagan goddess Brig euhemerized. Genealogical tradition has her born in the dynastic group Fothairt Laigin, and in a poem on this people written c. 600 she is already called ‘a second Mary, mother of the great Lord’. Later tradition corrupted the name to Fochart (now Faughard, nr. Dundalk), where she is often said...

Vyvyan, Jennifer Brigit

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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2013
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...Jennifer Brigit ( b Broadstairs , 1925 ; d London , 1974 ) English soprano . Joined Glyndebourne ch. Opera début Cambridge 1948 ( Jenny Diver in EOG prod. of Britten's vers. of The Beggar's Opera ). Won Geneva int. comp. 1951 . Joined SW Opera 1952 . Created Penelope Rich in Gloriana (CG 1953 ), Governess in The Turn of the Screw (Venice 1954 ), Tytania in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Aldeburgh 1960 ), and Mrs Julian in Owen Wingrave ( tv 1971 , CG 1973 ). Also successful career in concert...

Kelly, Brigit Pegeen

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Jeremy Noel-Tod

The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (2 ed.)

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2013

...Brigit Pegeen ( 1951– ) Born in Palo Alto, California, Kelly has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Academy of American Poets. She teaches English and creative writing at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Although not a prolific writer, Kelly’s evocations of a mystical, pastoral America have been widely admired for their painterly colour and musical patterning. To the Place of Trumpets ( 1987 ) was awarded the Yale Younger Poets Prize by James * Merrill . It was followed in 1994 by Song , which won the Lamont...

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[Ir., the exalted one].Pre-Christian Irish goddess of fire, smithing, fertility, cattle, crops, and poetry. She was the daughter of the Dagda and according to later tradition, the wife of Senchán ...
St Brigit

St Brigit  

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(perhaps 5th–6th cent.), ‘Bride’. Though she is greatly venerated in Ireland, the traditions about her are conflicting; she may never have lived and may represent the pagan goddess Brig ...
Right to Health and Health Care

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Encyclopedia of Human Rights

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2009
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Law, Human Rights and Immigration, Social sciences
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...Right to Public Health. ” Columbia Human Rights Law Review 37 (2005): 101. Pan-American Health Organization. The Right to Health in the Americas . Scientific Publication 509. Washington, D.C.: PAHO, 1989. Toebes, Brigit . The Right to Health as a Human Right in International Law . Antwerp, The Netherlands: Intersentia/HART, 1999. Toebes, Brigit . “Taking a Human Rights Approach to Healthcare Commercialization.” In Health Capital and Sustainable Socioeconomic Development , edited by Patricia A. Cholewka and Mitra M. Motlagh , pp. 441–459. Boca Raton,...

Brigindo

Brigindo  

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Goddess of eastern Gaul known only from inscriptions, thought to be identified with Brigantia and Brigit.
Brixia

Brixia  

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Obscure Continental Celtic goddess, consort of Luxovius, the water-god of Luxeuil. Links to the Irish Brigit are often suggested but have yet to be demonstrated.
Cogitosus

Cogitosus  

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Leinster author of a Latin life of St Brigit.
Saint Barbe

Saint Barbe  

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Legendary Breton saint who appears to be derived from a pre-Christian fire-goddess. She is the protectress of those who seek her aid in sudden death, especially from lightning, and a patroness of ...
Bríd

Bríd  

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Variant spellings of St Brigid or Brigit.
Right to Health and Health Care

Right to Health and Health Care  

The recognition of health as a human right presupposes that governments bear a certain responsibility for the health of their population. Before embarking on this question, the health problems that ...
Brigantia

Brigantia  

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[high one (?)]. British goddess at the time of the Roman occupation, a personification of the hegemony of the Brigantes. She was concerned with river and water cults, and a centre of her worship was ...

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