segunda-feira, 25 de abril de 2011

Epona by Mouraali

Epona - Protector of Horses

Epona is the gallo-Celtic horse goddess, protectress of all horses and foals. She was not only a goddess of horses, but also of mules and oxen. The name Epona means 'divine mare' or 'she who is like a mare'. Almost every stable had a small shrine for her which was presumably to protect the horses in them. Epona is the only Celtic goddess that made her way into the Roman empire where she was highly worshipped. She is shown as either sitting or lying on a horse, or standing among horses. Her symbol is the horn of plenty, the cornucopia and the Celtic Triad horse image.