The Guises of the Morrigan - The Irish Goddess of Sex & Battle by David Rankine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Some of you maybe familiar with the British tales of King Arthur, and hence youare familiar with is evil half sister Morgana La Fey. She is the one who plots against Arthur, seduces him and bears a son named, Mordred, who is raised to kill Athur and take the throne. Of course this is not the real Morrigan or Morgana.
Authors, David Rankine and Sorita D’Este, give us a short but information packed book on Morrigan that takes us back all the way to her Celtic roots. Be prepeared to read this one over mopre than once because you will not want to miss any of the detail. Morriogan’s various guses and forms are analyzed in various literature in which she appears.
Morrigan is the Goddess of Love and War. He a name that she more than lives up to. Morrigan if broken down means “coming from the sea”. She is also called Queen of the faeries and queen of the witches. Through out the Mabinogion and other Irish myths she is identified with three other names. Those names are Nemain, Badb and Macha. Morrigan is sort of a monstrous aspect as depicted by the Lamia at a Roman for in the north. This refers to goddess in the triple form. The Lamia seduce me and then kill them.. As Nemain she is the Goddess of War who is married to the war God Neit. As Badb she is connected to the crows who eat away the dead remains after the battle. This clears the way for the new to be born. As a death Goddess it is also interesting to note that she is sometimes called Danu, the mother of the Tuatha D’ Danan. This creatix being opne of her guises is married to the God of Death. As Macha she claims her spoils of war which is severed heads.
Through out Celtioc mythology she is associated with such motifs as the Bean Sidhe, the Caileachs and the Glastig. Bean Sidhe are often washer women who scream when someone is about to die, especially if they are from a royal family. Glastigs are half female half goat and tend to feed on human blood. The Caileach is a bestower of sovereignty, shaper of land.
The Morrigan is a very complex Goddess more complex then we ever knew, Looking at her variety of guises she could very well fit into the mold. All Goddesses are one Goddess. For she has aspects of mother hood, bestower of sovereignty, warlike aspects and destroyer. This book gets five stars out of five stars.
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