As a wise god, he knows this will just freak everybody out and that’s bad for business. The medieval Welsh figure Rhiannon rides a white horse but has no other direct attributes in common with Epona. According to tradition, Abraham lived with one wife (Sarah) in Syria, but Al-Buraq would transport him in the morning to Makkah to see his family there, and then take him back to his Syrian wife in the evening. In Scottish folklore, the kelpie or each uisge, a deadly supernatural water demon in the shape of a horse, is sometimes described as white, though other stories say it is black. Created by the cow Audmula licking him from ice. She did not want to marry Alf until she saw how strong he was in battle and then she relented. Olmsted reads the inscription as invoking the goddess with an archaic profusion of epithets: Eponina 'dear little Epona', Atanta 'horse-goddess', Potia 'powerful Mistress' (compare Greek Potnia), Dibonia (Latin, the 'good goddess')", Catona 'of battle', noble and good Vovesia. The West Country traditional hobby-horse riders parading on May Day at Padstow, Cornwall and Minehead, Somerset, which survived to the mid-twentieth century, even though Morris dances had been forgotten, was thought by folklorists through the 20th Century to have deep roots in the veneration of Epona, as may the British aversion to eating horsemeat. On the other hand, even Herodotus mentions in his Histories an Eastern custom, where sending a white horse as payment in exchange for land means casus belli.  That suggestion has not been generally taken up. He is also the father of Hel, Goddess of the underworld. The second clan, Vanir, contains the fertility gods and count Njord, Freyr, and Freyja as their most notable members. He was the son of a giant — one of the Norse gods’ enemies — but spends most of his time helping gods like Odin and Thor. Freyr goes as a hostage to the Aesir, along with Njord and Freya. Al-Burāq (Arabic: البُراق al-Burāq "lightning") isn't mentioned in the Quran but in some hadith ("tradition") literature. 7.  At Padstow formerly, at the end of the festivities the hobby-horse was ritually submerged in the sea. This, in itself, wasn’t an unusual belief in terms of other religions.  In Ossetia, the deity Uastyrdzhi, who embodied both the warrior and sun motifs often associated with white horses, became identified with the figure of St. George after the region adopted Christianity. Names derived from *Dyeus generally belonged to the most ancient and powerful gods. Aside from his infectious smile, boundless wisdom and kindness, he is most known for dying from a mischievous trick cooked up by Loki, the trickster god in Norse mythology. In Gallo-Roman religion, Epona was a protector of horses, ponies, donkeys, and mules. In popular video game series The Legend of Zelda, the main character's horse is named "Epona" after the goddess. Phyllis Fray Bober, reviewing Réne Magnen, Miriam Robbins Dexter, "Horse Goddess," in, Theo Brown, "Tertullian and Horse-Cults in Britain", Herbert Kille, "West Country hobby-horses and cognate customs", Wiltshire is believable, but was added to the provenance, merely ". Unicorns are (generally white) horse-like creatures with a single horn. Few stories in Norse mythology provide details about the births and childhoods of the gods. In the Equestrian type, common in Gaul, she is depicted sitting side-saddle on a horse or (rarely) lying on one; in the Imperial type (more common outside Gaul) she sits on a throne flanked by two or more horses or foals. As a rare or distinguished symbol, a white horse typically bears the hero- or god-figure in ceremonial roles or in triumph over negative forces. When he grew up, he united six warring states. Later in the Book of Revelation, Christ rides a white horse out of heaven at the head of the armies of heaven to judge and make war upon the earth.  The cult of Epona was spread over much of the Roman Empire by the auxiliary cavalry, alae, especially the Imperial Horse Guard or equites singulares augustii recruited from Gaul, Lower Germany, and Pannonia. We do know that Odin was the most complex figure of all the Norse Gods.  The ancient Magyars sacrificed white stallions to him before a battle. Somewhere in this process, the god Loki made love to a horse — but we’ll get to that later. Most notably, he is the father of Sleipnir, Odin’s eight-legged horse, Jormungandr, the serpent circling the earth, and Fenrir, a gigantic wolf. The Norse culture honored a wide variety of gods, and many are still worshipped today by Asatruar and Heathens.  In distant Dacia, she is represented on a stela (now at the Szépmüvézeti Museum, Budapest) in the format of Cybele, seated frontally on a throne with her hands on the necks of her paired animals: her horses are substitutions for Cybele's lions. A south Welsh folk ritual called Mari Lwyd (Grey Mare) is still undertaken in December, which some folklorists likewise have held up as an apparent survival of the veneration of the goddess, but again there is no firm evidence to support the age of the practice.  In Gallo-Roman religion, Epona was a protector of horses, ponies, donkeys, and mules. A series of their dedications to Epona and other Celtic, Roman and German deities was found in Rome, at the Lateran. A huge white horse appears in Korean mythology in the story of the kingdom of Silla. Baldur was the Norse god of light and the most beloved of the Aesir gods. Sculptures of Epona fall into five types, as distinguished by Benoît: riding, standing or seated before a horse, standing or seated between two horses, a tamer of horses in the manner of potnia theron and the symbolic mare and foal.  It may represent some recollection of Indo-European horse sacrifice, such as the Vedic ashvamedha and the Irish ritual described by Giraldus Cambrensis, both of which have to do with kingship. Arguably the most famous of the Norse gods, Thor (Þórr in Old Norse), the god of thunder, with his burly might and boisterous ways, epitomized the formidable warrior who was accorded high status in the Germanic society of ancient and early medieval times. The Cornish Padstow Obby Oss takes place evey May Day and features a battle between good and evil and is a survival of a custom that once existed more widely in Devon and Cornwall and the wider Westcountry sometimes referred to as 'the Old Grey Mare' in English folklore. , Gesta Francorum contains a description of the First Crusade, where soldiers fighting at Antioch claimed to have been heartened by a vision of St. George and white horses during the battle: There came out from the mountains, also, countless armies with white horses, whose standards were all white. An inscription to Epona from Mainz, Germany, identifies the dedicator as Syrian. Indra is depicted as having a liking for white horses in several legends – he often steals the sacrificial horse to the consternation of all involved, such as in the story of Sagara, or the story of King Prithu.. The basis for the superstition may have been that the horse was a form of Church Grim, buried alive at the original consecration of the church building (the doomed protagonist in the play was a pastor), or that it was a materialisation of the fylgje, an individual's or family's guardian spirit. At the moment of her child loss the lord discovers a supernatural human boy who grows up with a natural affinity for horses to become the great knight Pryderi later revealed to be Rhiannon's son. The Hungarian name for God was, and remains "Isten" and they followed Steppe Tengriism. His misbehavior often gets him in trouble, but he’s usually able to talk his way out of any situation. He is mentioned only twice in Old Norse literature. The worship of Epona, "the sole Celtic divinity ultimately worshipped in Rome … Kalki, the tenth incarnation of Vishnu and final world saviour, is predicted to appear riding a white horse, or in the form of a white horse. In the Puranas, one of the precious objects that emerged while the devas and demons were churning the milky ocean was Uchaishravas, a snow-white horse with seven heads. Bragi – The Norse God of poetry and eloquence. The Norse Gods are the mythological characters that, as far as we know, came from the Northern Germanic tribes of the 9th century AD. Buri – Ancestor of the Norse gods. As Gaul was Romanized under the early Empire, Epona’s sovereign role evolved into a protector of cavalry. Additionally, Heimdallr owns the unique golden horse Gulltoppr, and he is known by many names. Both truly white horses and the more common grey horses, with completely white hair coats, were identified as "white" by various religious and cultural traditions. Cautious and Fortuitous, you are the Norse God Heimdall! , Kanthaka was a white horse that was a royal servant and favourite horse of Prince Siddhartha, who later became Gautama Buddha. Loki’s name thus elicits both positive and negative connotations in Norse mythology. , Two Christian saints are associated with white steeds: Saint James, as patron saint of Spain, rides a white horse in his martial aspect. The word týr referred to a god in general, while asa or van named a member of the Aesir or Vanir specifically. The probable date of c. 1380–550 BC ascribed to the giant chalk horse carved into the hillside turf at Uffington, in southern England, may be too early to be directly associated with Epona, and may not actually represent a horse at all.  Demeter was venerated as a mare in Lycosoura in Arcadia into historical times. The main goddess is Frigg. Forseti (pronounced “for-SET-ee;” Old Norse Forseti, “Chairman”) is an obscure pre-Christian Norse god. Oaks, L. S. (1986), "The goddess Epona", in M. Henig and A. Mackinac Island does not permit personal automobiles; the primary source of transportation remains the horse, so celebrating Epona has special significance on this island in the upper midwest. The reasons for Vali’s birth are made clear and his actions, while those of … In Celtic mythology, Rhiannon, a mythic figure in the Mabinogion collection of legends, rides a "pale-white" horse. In Irish myth horses are said to be symbols of sovereignty and the sovereignty goddess Macha is associated with them. "Epona" Dissertation, Bonn 1994 (Sonderdruck aus: Bericht der Römisch-Germanischen Kommission 74.1993.). The La Tène style hill figure in England, the Uffington White Horse dates back to the Bronze Age and is similar to some Celtic coin horse designs.  In an episode preserved in a remark of Pausanias, an archaic Demeter Erinys (Vengeful Demeter) too had also been a Great Mare, who was mounted by Poseidon in the form of a stallion and foaled Arion and the Daughter who was unnamed outside the Arcadian mysteries. , Epona is also worshipped today by neo-druids and other pagans and polytheists. The Book of Zechariah twice mentions coloured horses; in the first passage there are three colours (red, dappled, and white), and in the second there are four teams of horses (red, black, white, and finally dappled) pulling chariots. All religion surely began with people looking around and trying to make sense of the world they lived in. White horses have a special significance in the mythologies of cultures around the world. Hayagriva the Avatar of Vishnu is worshipped as the God of knowledge and wisdom, with a human body and a horse's head, brilliant white in colour, with white garments and seated on a white lotus. , The white horse is a recurring motif in Ibsen's play Rosmersholm, making use of the common Norse folklore that its appearance was a portent of death. They were made not only by Celts, but also by Germans, Romans, and other inhabitants of the Roman Empire.  She and her horses might also have been leaders of the soul in the after-life ride, with parallels in Rhiannon of the Mabinogion. In Irish Myth Donn "god of the dead" portrayed as a phantom horseman riding a white horse, is considered an aspect of The Dagda "the great God" also known as "the horseman" and is the origin of the Irish "Loch nEachach" for Loch Neagh. Had seen their sunrise pass, 1.1K likes. She was particularly a goddess of fertility, as shown by her attributes of a patera, cornucopia, ears of grain and the presence of foals in some sculptures. "Les monuments et le culte d' Epona chez les Eduens,". In: This page was last edited on 28 December 2020, at 03:29. She was particularly a goddess of fertility, as shown by her attributes of a patera, cornucopia, ears of grain and the presence of foals in some sculptures. Odin was the father of the Norse … In this latter tale (Yasht 8.21–29), which appears in the Avesta's hymns dedicated to Tishtrya, the divinity is opposed by Apaosha, the demon of drought, which appears as a black stallion..  The "Feast of Epona" involves the blessing of horses and other animals by a local churchman. In the New Testament, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse include one seated on a white horse and one on a pale horse – the "white" horse carried the rider Conquest (traditionally, Pestilence) while the "pale" horse carried the rider Death. He is probably the most popular Norse god today, due to the Marvel comic books and Avengers movies. 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Historians believe, however, that this may not have always been the case. The first mention comes from the 15th stanza of the Grímnismál, one of the poems in the Poetic Edda. Asgard was divided into 12 or more realms in which each principal god had his own luxurious mansion of gold or silver. In Blackfoot mythology, the snow deity Aisoyimstan is a white-coloured man in white clothing who rides a white horse. Following the departure of Siddhartha, it was said that Kanthaka died of a broken heart.. Sleipnir is also the ancestor of another grey horse, Grani, who is … From earliest times, white horses have been mythologised as possessing exceptional properties, transcending the normal world by having wings (e.g. On Mackinac Island, Michigan, Epona is celebrated each June with stable tours, a blessing of the animals and the Epona and Barkus Parade. The 11th-century king, Lý Công Uẩn (also known as King Lý Thái Tổ) had a vision of a white horse representing a river spirit which showed him where to build his citadel.. Son of Odin and husband of Idun. The game horse is always brown or chestnut, with a white mane. The female gods in Norse mythology are called Asynja. Tyr, however, was a relatively minor god of the Aesir. In Norse legend, Alf was a king, but the name stems from the term “elf.” Alf wooed a reluctant maid named Alfhild. He generated with jotun Angrboða, Hela, the wolf Fenrir and the serpent Jörmungandr. Heidrun: Heidrun is a she-goat who eats the leaves of Laerad, Heidrun produces a never-ending supply of mead for the Gods and heroes at their nightly feats. Einherjar – Band of dead warriors in Valhalla who await Ragnarok. He was known as the trickster and mischievous god in Norse mythology, and engaged in battles with several of the gods of Asgard, such as Thor and Baldur. He was the greatest of all Norse gods and the ruler of Valhalla, where brave warriors went when they died. The Norse Horse Tavern, Elk Horn, Iowa. Al-Buraq was also said to transport Abraham (Ibrâhîm) when he visited his wife Hagar (Hājar) and son Ishmael (Ismâ'îl).  The Vedic horse sacrifice or Ashvamedha was a fertility and kingship ritual involving the sacrifice of a sacred grey or white stallion.  However, there is no firm evidence of the festival before the 18th Century, A provincial, though not crude, small (7.5 cm high) Roman bronze of a seated Epona, flanked by a small mare and stallion, found in England, is conserved in the British Museum. Le migliori offerte per Eccellente condizione Norreno Horse "God of War" T-Shirt Taglia L sono su eBay Confronta prezzi e caratteristiche di prodotti nuovi e usati Molti articoli con consegna gratis!  Her tale as a barren queen who bears child in the third year that mysteriously disappears features the horse lord Teyrnon who keeps a mare which foals every May Eve but is taken by a monstrous demonic claw. In Viking beliefs, Odin was the god of magic, wisdom, and war. She was incorporated into the imperial cult by being invoked on behalf of the Emperor, as Epona Augusta or Epona Regina. By blood, Loki is a half-giant and also a shapeshifter, which has allowed him to have many non-human children. , Islamic culture tells of a white creature named Al-Buraq who brought Muhammad to Jerusalem during the Night Journey. Hildisvini is the boar of the Goddess Freya, Hildisvini was made by the dwarves Dain and Nabbi. In Norse mythology, Heimdall (also called Heimdallr) is a god who possesses the resounding horn Gjallarhorn, owns the golden-maned horse Gulltoppr, has gold teeth, and is the son of Nine Fiery Mothers. Was cut out of the grass. The second of the two Norse gods you’d likely find enjoying a martini in the corner of a bar is Aegir, the god of alcohol and banquets. A secondary pair of twins fathered by Zeus, Amphion and Zethus, the legendary founders of Thebes, are called "Dioskouroi, riders of white horses" (λευκόπωλος) by Euripedes in his play The Phoenician Women (the same epithet is used in Heracles and in the lost play Antiope). Skol! But, just in case a customer boost is needed, his friend can help.  Uchaishravas was at times ridden by Indra, lord of the devas. A euhemeristic account of Epona's origin occurs in the Parallela Minora, which were traditionally attributed to Plutarch (but are now classed as "Pseudo-Plutarch"): Fulvius Stellus hated women and used to consort with a mare and in due time the mare gave birth to a beautiful girl and they named her Epona. As part of its legendary dimension, the white horse in myth may be depicted with seven heads (Uchaishravas) or eight feet (Sleipnir), sometimes in groups or singly. It appears in The Violet Fairy Book and attributes more than usual magical powers to the ancient Roman poet Virgil (see also Virgil#Mysticism and hidden meanings). In Norse mythology, Tyr is the god of war and justice, guarantor of contract, defender of oath, as well as the symbol of courage and the honor of heroism. In Norse mythology, Loki, Loptr, or Hveðrungr is a god, jotun, or both.He is the son of Fárbauti and Pene, and the brother of Helblindi and Býleistr. 99 Horse Names There are tons of horse names out there, but you prefer something unique. One of Cúchulainn's chariot-horses was called Liath Macha or "Macha's Grey".  Lying on her lap and on the patera raised in her right hand are disproportionately large ears of grain; ears of grain also protrude from the mouths of the ponies, whose heads are turned towards the goddess. On her left arm she holds a yoke, which curves up above her shoulder, an attribute unique to this bronze statuette.. In Norse Mythology the original inhabitants of Valhalla were the Æsir (gods) and Ásynjur (goddesses), but they were not the first divinities the Nordic races worshiped because they also recognize the power of the gods of the sea, the wind, the forests and the forces of nature, known as the Vanir. Odin, Frigg, Thor, Loki, Balder, Hod, Heimdall and Tyr are the most elevated representatives of Æsir and are known as the main gods.  In his Satires, the Roman poet Juvenal also links the worship and iconography of Epona to the area of a stable. , In Slavic mythology, the war and fertility deity Svantovit owned an oracular white horse; the historian Saxo Grammaticus, in descriptions similar to those of Tacitus centuries before, says the priests divined the future by leading the white stallion between a series of fences and watching which leg, right or left, stepped first in each row. White horses are also said to draw divine chariots, such as that of Aredvi Sura Anahita, who is the Avesta's divinity of the waters. Nótt is the goddess of night in Norse mythology.She was the daughter of Norvi.. She married thrice. In Norse mythology, Odin 's eight-legged horse Sleipnir, "the best horse among gods and men", is described as grey. These stories were passed down in the form of poetry until the 11th – 18th centuries when the Eddas and other texts were written. Perceptions of native Celtic goddesses had changed under Roman hegemony: only the names remained the same. For the Norse and Germanic societies, much like many other ancient cultures, the deities were a part of daily life, not merely something to be chatted with in times of need. It was believed that he was in an unhappy marriage with Skade (Skaði), the goddess of hunting, mountains and skiing. Additionally, there is a story (mentioned for example in Gesta Hungarorum) that the Magyars paid a white horse to Moravian chieftain Svatopluk I (in other forms of the story, it is instead the Bulgarian chieftain Salan) for a part of the land that later became the Kingdom of Hungary. Benoît compared the rider with most of the riders imaged around the Mediterranean shores. Norse God Heimdall Guarding the Bifröst Bridge. King, Simón, Francisco Marco, "Religion and Religious Practices of the Ancient Celts of the Iberian Peninsula" in, Thevenot, Emile 1949. 6.  Similar rituals may have taken place among Roman, Celtic and Norse people, but the descriptions are not so complete. When the people gathered to pray for a king, the horse emerged from a bolt of lightning, bowing to a shining egg. So Agesilaüs in the third book of his Italian History. The dwarves build Freyr a ship, Skidbladnir, that can hold all the gods or fit in his pocket. We’ve assembled a complete list of Norse-viking horse names that honor this unique heritage while celebrating your pet’s personality. Hildisvini: Battle Boar. One god, however, exists outside of this typical representation. The city of Pangantucan has as its symbol a white stallion who saved an ancient tribe from massacre by uprooting a bamboo and thus warning them of the enemy's approach. This custom roots in the ancient Eastern belief that stolen land would lose its fertility. In Book I, "The Vision of the King," he writes of earliest England, invoking the white horse hill figure and the gods: Before the gods that made the gods NERTHUS: She was the Norse goddess of peace, happiness and wealth. The second set of horses are referred to as "the four spirits of heaven, going out from standing in the presence of the Lord of the whole world." There are twelve main gods in Norse mythology: Odin, Thor, Balder, Vidar, Vale, Brage, Heimdall, Ty, Njord, Froy, Ull and Forsete, – where Njord and Froy are not Aesirs, but Vanirs living in Asgard. And so, when our leaders saw this army, they ... recognised the aid of Christ, whose leaders were St. George, Mercurius, and Demetrius.  They also believe that the only way for someone to achieve an honored death is to die in battle. "The Ancestors of Epona."  Sleipnir is also the ancestor of another grey horse, Grani, who is owned by the hero Sigurd. And the English nursery rhyme "Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross" refers to a lady on a white horse who may be associated with the Celtic goddess Rhiannon.. Pegasus from Greek mythology), or having horns (the unicorn). He courts the giantess Gerd through his servant Skirnir. , A long Latin inscription of the first century BC, engraved in a lead sheet and accompanying the sacrifice of a filly and the votive gift of a cauldron, was found in 1887 at Rom, Deux-Sèvres, the Roman Rauranum. The Vikings believed that their god Odin created the world. Sometimes, Age and Loki is also considered Aesirs. Horse Names From Norse Mythology 1. For example, the heroic prince or white knight of fairy tales often rides a white horse. There, it’s said that Forseti’s dwelling-place, Glitnir, is a resplendent hall made of gold … Continue reading Forseti → , The tale was passed along in the context of unseemly man-beast coupling in Giambattista Della Porta's edition of Magia naturalis (1589), a potpourri of the sensible and questionable, erroneously citing Plutarch's Life of Solon. , In Norse mythology, Odin's eight-legged horse Sleipnir, "the best horse among gods and men", is described as grey. They are often associated with the sun chariot, with warrior-heroes, with fertility (in both mare and stallion manifestations), or with an end-of-time saviour, but other interpretations exist as well. Höðr, sometimes called Hod, is the twin brother of Baldr, or Baldur, and is a Norse god associated with darkness and winter. "Once More the Celtic Horse-Goddess." NJÖRÐR (Njord/Njorth) – a Vanir Sea and wind god regarded as the father of the goddess Freyja and god Freyr. In Greek mythology, the white winged horse Pegasus was the son of Poseidon and the gorgon Medusa. Epona is mentioned in The Golden Ass by Apuleius, where an aedicular niche with her image on a pillar in a stable has been garlanded with freshly picked roses. Epona's feast day in the Roman calendar was given as December 18 on a rustic calendar from Guidizzolo, Italy, although this may have been only a local celebration. Siddhartha used Kanthaka in all major events described in Buddhist texts prior to his renunciation of the world. After the horse flew back to heaven, the egg opened and the boy Park Hyeokgeose emerged. A local sports bar with a viking theme; rotating 16 beers on tap including Iowa craft brews. Asgard, in Norse mythology, is the abode of the gods.Access to Asgard was possible only by crossing the bridge Bifrost (the rainbow). Loki is heralded as the God of mischief, playing pranks and throwing insults at his fellow Gods. 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