The Matres

January 5th, 2008 by sabrina

The Matres are Celtic Goddesses of motherhood and fertility. They are usually depicted in groups of three, since the number three is a particularly favorable magical number. They are shown with one breast bare—as mothers to their followers, it was their duty to feed their worshippers. Often, they hold other symbols of nourishment, such as fruit, a cornucopia, or a loaf of bread. In some depictions, they hold babies, and were associated with fertility rites.

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