The Gods of Ireland, Scotland, Wales & Gaul


Celtic Tutelary God

Also known as CENN-CRUACH, CROM-CRÚAICH, CROM-DUBH, Cromm-Cruach

Primitive God of Sacrifice, and the Chief Idol of Ireland

Known as the ‘Lord of the Mound’, CROM-CRUAICH was a large megalithic standing stone at Magh Slaecht, the so-called ‘Plain of Adoration’, surrounded by twelve subservient stone pillars and an air of mystery.

Each year children were sacrificed to him to ensure fertile crops and good harvests. Eventually Christianity came along and put a stop to all that. St PATRICK said it was made of gold, and that he destroyed it with a wave of his crosier. He also claimed that there was a demon inside which jumped out and ran off. CROM-CRUAICH then bowed down to Patrick and went all droopy, remaining so for evermore.

This was a great public relations exercise for Christianity. But we feel St Paddy was not one to let a little wild exaggeration stand in the way of one of his ‘me and me crosier’ yarns.


Location : Western Europe
Gender : Male
Type : deity
In charge of : Patronage
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : NOT OKAY, be careful
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : CENN-CRUACH, CROM-CRÚAICH, CROM-DUBH, Cromm-Cruach
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Article last updated on 10 August 2014 by the Godchecker Team.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "Crom-cruaich: Celtic Tutelary God." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 10 Aug. 2014. Web. 20 September 2014.

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