CELTIC MYTHOLOGY

The Gods of Ireland, Scotland, Wales & Gaul

ETAIN

Celtic Transformation Goddess

Also known as Étain

Unfortunate Victim of Malicious Transmogrification

She has certainly done the rounds. She was the second wife of MIDIR, and their marriage caused no little jealousy in the heart of his ex, FUAMNACH. With a little help from friends, she magically changed ETAIN into a pool of water.

MIDIR, very perplexed when his wife went missing, started investigations on a Godly scale. To keep ahead of the game, FUAMNACH then changed ETAIN into a worm. And then a fly... but whoosh, the fly flew down her throat, and — as happens surprisingly often in these cases — FUAMNACH became pregnant.

Eventually ETAIN was reborn — as a mortal. Growing from a baby into she knew not who, she married a king called Eochaidh. But she really fancied his brother Ailill, which probably caused a little ill-will.

To cut a long story short, one day she met MIDIR again, had a memory lapse in reverse and fancied him something rotten. And vice versa. To untangle the whole marriage confusion, he managed to win her at a game of chess, and although we’re sure there’s much more, we should stop whilst we have a relatively happy ending.

ETAIN FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : ETAIN
Location : Western Europe
Gender : Female
Type : deity
In charge of : Transformation
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : OKAY, not bad
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : Étain
Popularity index : 9155
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Article last updated on 10 August 2014 by Rowan Allen.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "Etain: Celtic Goddess of Transformation." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 10 Aug. 2014. Web. 17 September 2014.

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