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Author Topic: Brigid the Goddess and or Saint?  (Read 4519 times)
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« Reply #3: December 05, 2009, 12:12:40 pm »

I was roaming around on the internet and came across an article talking about the possibility that Brigid may have been the inspiration for St. Brigid. 

Do you think this is possible?

For arguments sake, lets say that Brigid the Goddess and St. Brigid were the same, do you think Brigid would be upset that she was turned into a Saint?  Or maybe she wouldn't mind since she still received devotion? 

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Oh yea, there's a lot of speculation surrounding St. Bríd. Some Saints like Patrick, and other historic ones actually lived, but many others are remnants of pagan deities. Although St. Brighid of Kildare is supposedly a historic figure that lived around 439-524A.D, there many similarities and attributes between her and the Goddess of the same name, making the fabrication, or even creation of her existence highly probable. It's no coincidence that in Christian hagiography she is the patron saint of farm animals, crops, and other things pagan sovereignty goddesses are associated, as well as magical feats of turning water into ale, popular in the legends, and it just so happens that her feast day, Lá Fhéile Bríd, just happens to fall on the pagan Oímelg festival. This also gives another speculation that if she did indeed exist, she absorbed much of the pagan attributes of Brighid in her lore, allowing pagan folk tradition to survive in Christianity. She could, very much so, be a Christianised version of our Goddess.
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