Myths and Folklore: Goddess Morrigan and Priestess Morgan Le Fay

Morrigan and Morgan Le Fay, are they two completely different beings, or are they connected in some way? Some might say that these two have nothing in common except for the similar name. Others would say there is much more that connects these two.




Morrigan is a Celtic (especially Irish) goddess of battle and fertility. Her name means Great Queen or Phantom Queen. She is one of the Tuatha Dé Danann (people of the goddess Danu), they are a race of people/gods in Irish mythology.


Morgan le Fay, by Anthony Frederick Sandys.


Morgan le Fay's name suggests a connection with the realm of fairies. She is also seen as healer and the priestess of Avalon, the Isle of Apples (Glastonbury). In many versions of Arthurian legends she is seen as an evil witch, which is mostly Christian (mis)interpretation, as Christian beliefs differ a lot from the pre-Christian ones. Especially when it comes to the understanding of life and death, women, and afterlife.




Books:

Once a Goddess by Sheila R. Lamb 



 My review.




Two tribes battle for control of ancient Ireland, and Brigid must find her place among them, trapped between the will of her people and the desires of her heart.

Once A Goddess brings the legend of Ireland's magical Tuatha Dé Danann to life.






The Mists of Avalon (Avalon #1) by Marion Zimmer Bradley

"In my time I have been called many things: sister, lover, priestess, wise-woman, queen. Now in truth I have come to be a wise-woman, and a time may come when these things may need to be known. But in sober truth, I think it is the Christians who will tell the last tale. For ever the world of Fairy drifts further from the world in which the Christ holds sway. I have no quarrel with the Christ, only with his priests, who call the Great Goddess a demon and deny that she ever held power in this world. At best, they say that her power was of Satan. Or else they clothe her in blue robe of the Lady of Nazareth – who indeed had power in her way, too – and say that she was ever virgin. But what can a virgin know of the sorrows and travail of mankind?"

Here is the magical legend of King Arthur, vividly retold through the eyes and lives of the women who wielded power from behind the throne. A spellbinding novel, an extraordinary literary achievement.

The Guises of the Morrigan - The Irish Goddess of Sex & Battle by David Rankine, Sorita D'este 






The Morrgan is probably the most powerful figure amongst the Celtic gods. The popular image of the Morrgan is as the goddess of battle and sex, a perception that only scratches the surface of this complex and manifold goddess. From bestower of sovereignty to earth goddess, from mistress of the animals to faery queen, the Morrgan stands out as the pre-eminent Celtic goddess, and it is our hope that this book will restore a clearer perception of her awesome scope to all those people interested in the Celtic world.

5 comments:

DMS said...

I loved the lesson and it refreshed my memory! I am a big fan of mythology- but there are so many myths. :) I haven't read any of these books- but they look great!
~Jess

Carina Olsen said...

Ohh, interesting post :D Love the pictures. <3 Hih. Thank you for sharing :) Heh, I don't really know anything at all about mythology (A) but it is sort of interesting :)
Thank you for commenting on my mailbox. <3 (Yes; pre-ordered the TID box set :D It arrived four days before pub date. <3 sigh.)
Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

It's interesting how different are pre-Christian and Christian perception of women are so different in general. I just believe that Christianity was created by shauvinistic men who guinely hated womenfolk (St.Peter, I am looking at you!).
Thanks for a lovely post, Petra!

Diamond Cronen said...

Holy cow, how did I not know this?! I just finished reading The Sea Priestess by Dion Fortune. I'm not sure if you've heard of it, but you should definitely read it! Morgan Le Fay is the sea priestess/ main character and I just fell in love with the book! See my review on my blog, http://diamondlovestoread.blogspot.com

It's more of a how-I-felt- while reading than a review, ;)

Silver De said...

i was always in love in all stories related to morgan le fey
im currently reading ( The Mists of Avalon ) ♥ its really amazing

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