October 2nd, 2008 by sabrina
Banba (pronounced BAHN-va) is the Celtic Goddess of the spirit of Ireland. She is one of the Tuatha de Danaan, the people of the Goddess Danu. When the Milesians arrived in Ireland and conquered them, Banba and her two sisters, Ériu and Fodla, all asked that the island be named for them. Ériu won the request, but Banba’s name continued to be used on occasion. Banba and her sisters are the daughters of Ernmas, a mother Goddess, who is also the mother of another triad of Goddesses—Badb, Macha, and Anu, also known as the Morrigan. The first triad represents the sovereignty of Ireland, while the second triad were Goddesses of war, and therefore represent the protection of Ireland. Banba’s husband MacCuill was one of the last kings of the Tuatha de Danaan, along with his brothers MacCecht and MacGreine. Banba’s name, which means “unplowed land,” is also seen as Banbha, Bandha, Bánbhé, or Bánubh.
This entry was posted on Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 at 8:27 pm and is filed under Western European. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.