Monday, September 19, 2005


UI's Celtic Mythology - Morrigan

Morrigan, sometimes known as Morrigu, was an Irish goddess of death on the battlefield who helped the Tuatha De Danann at both battles of Magh Tuireadh. She was associated with the other war deities Macha, Badb and Nemain. Morrigan appeared sometimes as a warrior in a battle, siding with her favourites. Most often she soared overhead as a raven or a crow, shrieking and flapping her wings to scare the host, or to signify imminent death.

She settled on the shoulder of the Ulster hero Cuchulainn when he was finally killed in the war against Queen Medb's forces. Cuchulainn had not only refused Morrigan's love, but in anger had even wounded her. For such a deed his fate was sealed.

Hell hath no fury like a war goddess scorned! I think Morrigan is a fascinating figure in Celtic mythology. You can find some variations of her exploits here.


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