Nemetona

October 8th, 2007 by sabrina

Another short one today, but I’ll do Isis tomorrow to make up for it!

Nemetona is the Celtic Goddess of sacred groves and temples. She was worshipped in Britain, France, and Germany, where she stood guard over places of power, and could be invoked to bring her power to rituals performed there. She was depicted in a shrine at Bath in England with her consort, the Roman God Mars, and three hooded figures with a ram. The three hooded figures are the Cucullati, figures who were seen as protectors, and the ram is likely symbolic of an animal sacrifice.

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1 response about “Nemetona”

  1. Jenny said:

    Hi there. This is nearly right. Nemetona is the ancient British name for the original mother goddess. The ram, and her consort figure are later additions from th eRoman period at Bath, which as you know amalgamated their deities with those of defeated countries. THe ram is indicative of both spring (life) which fits nemetona, and war, which the nearest roman equivalent (Minerva) represents at Bath, and not actually animal sacrifice as the brits and the celts did not go in for this – but the Romans did. BEing a patriarchial, rather than a matricarchial pagan religion, the Romans did not have exact equivalent gods for the original british goddess they replaced. The three figure are the fates, which interplay with life and over whome we cannot really hold sway. This figure is therefore a combination of romano and british images as befitting Bath as a principle roman city after the invasion. The most important thing, which has not been mentioned here, is that nemeona holds an apple (sometimes looks like an orb) so she sits in a sacred grove with an apple offering life (and choice) to us as we experience our fates. Does this remind anyone of anything?!!