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Author Topic: Brigid the Goddess and or Saint?  (Read 4415 times)
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« Reply #7: December 07, 2009, 01:44:26 pm »

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.

I wasn't aware of that story about her, and I also would imagine it's not a coincidence that St. Brigid is the patron of so many things that Brigid oversaw. 

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