The Irish Goddess Brighid, the exalted one

by Peter Vermeeren

In Irish mythology, Brigid, Brigit or Brighid (the exalted one) was the daughter of Dagda and a Tuatha Dé Danann. She was the wife of Bres of the Fomorianos, with whom she had a son, Rwandan. She had two sisters, also called Brigid, and is considered a classic triple Celtic goddess, in this case of fire.

She is the Celtic goddess of inspiration, and combines different powers, coming from inspiration, from the art of healing and divination. It was associated with the perpetual sacred flames, such as that maintained by 19 religious in a sanctuary in Kildare, Ireland. The tradition of female priestesses who tend to eternal sacred flames, which arise naturally, is a characteristic of pre-Christian ancient Indo-European spirituality. Other examples include the Roman goddess Vesta, and other goddesses of the home.

It was mentioned by Giraldus Cambrensis and other chroniclers that his sacred flame in Kildare was surrounded by a hedge, which no man could cross. It is said that the men who tried to cross the hedge were cursed with madness, death or impotence.


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