Boann, Celtic Goddess of Imagination

The Celtic Goddesses are deeply rooted in place. From their various locations they fulfill two main functions in Celtic mythology.  They are guardians and protectors of the land who bestow sovereignty on the king, presiding over sources and destinations.  Their other function is as goddesses of inspiration and Boann, Celtic Goddess of Inspiration,painting by Judith Shawcreativity, ruling the realm of imagination

Boann falls into the second category as Goddess of Inspiration and Creativity.  She rules over writing in general and poetry in particular.  Flowing waters, spiritual insight, fertility, knowledge and creativity are Her domain.

She was also known as “White Cow.”  Cows were sacred and associated with water in many ancient cultures.  In the eyes of the ancients, both milk and water, the substances of life, flowed from the breast of the Goddess. In addition to being associated with rivers, some scholars connect Boann with the heavens. The Milky Way is also known as “Way of the White Cow”.  Boann, as “White Cow” thus either becomes or rules over the river of heaven, the Milky way.

Read my retelling of Boann’s story on my post from last month on the Feminism and Religion Blog.

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