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MORRIGAN
Also known as MORRIGHAN, MORRIGU, MORRIGNA

A picture showing the legend of MORRIGAN taken from our Celtic mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more Celtic Gods, Celtic Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

Megalithic Military Mother Goddess and 'Phantom Queen'

Don't attempt to mix it with the MORRIGAN. You would be very unwise to mess with her and her sisterly accomplices. She was one of the original members of the TUATHA-DE-DANANN (People of the Goddess DANU) who chose Ireland as their base and headquarters. This was good preparation for battle and shenanigans as the Fir Bolgs had to be defeated first.

As a shape-changer she can transform from ravishing beauty to hag — or battle crow to BEAN-NIGHE — in triple time. This has caused a great deal of confusion to careless mythologists and innocent Godcheckers. Some sources claim there are three of her. But as her sisters BADB and NEMAIN usually join in the fray, this is not surprising. The three girls form a triad formidable enough to make all other Holy Trinities tremble and burst into tears.

There could have been more as FEA, FOTLA and NEMAIN, other warrior Goddess compatriots with shape-changing abilities, were hardly likely to sit on the sidelines when things got exciting. With crows wheeling and shrieking and startling transformations going on, who is going to stop to count? Especially when you are fleeing in terror, knowing they always picked the winning side.

When MEDB The Queen of Connaught employed the MORRIGAN Mob in her battle against Ulster and CUCHULAINN, more confusion was caused — as MEDB is similar to BADB. BADB was not as bad as MEDB, and the MORRIGAN forces used fear itself as a weapon rather than adding to the slaughter.

MORRIGAN does have a loving side to her nature, and gave the Irish Hero CUCHULAINN every chance to make love not war. But would he listen? That's why he is now only commemorated as a statue of a dying warrior with a MORRIGAN crow on his shoulder. Who knows what she could be saying to him?

Far from fading away, The MORRIGAN is still exceedingly popular and has many followers. There no longer seems to be a pecking order for battle crows; she is more into utilizing Earth energy — which is very nice to know. A Dark Green Goddess from the Emerald Isle.

Sláinte!

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Article last updated on 05 March 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT MORRIGAN : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : MORRIGAN
Location : Western Europe
Gender : Female
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : OKAY, not bad
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : MORRIGHAN, MORRIGU, MORRIGNA
Popularity index : 9459

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