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Author Topic: Brigid the Goddess and or Saint?  (Read 4412 times)
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« Reply #4: December 05, 2009, 01:59:12 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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The legend I heard growing up (Brigid is my confirmation name - always felt a strong tie to her) is that Brigid (the Saint) was a child of a Catholic mother and a pagan father (or vice vera) and was therefore named after the Goddess Brigid.  

And to answer your second question, no, I don't the goddess would have minded at all.  St. Brigid was a wonderful woman who gave to the poor, often taking from her own family to do so.  I like the story of how her father went into a market, leaving her with the cart and horse, and whatever goods they'd already purchased.  He came outside to discover that she had given everything away to a widow with a bunch of children.  They practiced smithcraft at the abbey, and she's the patron saint of farmers and mothers, so she has those things in common with the goddess.
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