Gaulish Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of the Gauls

SEQUANA

Roman-Gaulish River Goddess

Duck-riding Goddess of the River Seine

There are not many duck-related deities out there, but we have this one. She is – or was – the ancient Gaulish protector Goddess of the River Seine in France.

She had a temple at its source near Dijon and is depicted riding a duck-shaped boat along the river. Possibly an early experiment in water-themed amusement parks.

Apart from the duck thing, Sequana was a very important Goddess of Healing. If you were afflicted with a medical problem, the best course of action was to chuck an effigy of the body part concerned into the river for speedy healing.

We imagine that after a battle, the Seine was full to overflowing with imitation body parts.

Sequana Facts and Figures

Name: Sequana
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Female
Type: Goddess
Area or people: Gaul
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Rivers
Area of expertise: River, Rivers, Stream, Streams

Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care
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Article last revised on May 23, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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