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In Irish mythology, a form of hungry spirit known as the Fear Gorta resembling an emaciated human is said to walk the earth at times of famine, seeking alms from passers-by. The generous is rewarded while the selfish is punished severely. Another myth pertains that the Fear Gorta was the harbinger of famine during the 1840s Great Famine of Ireland and they originally arise from a patch of "fear gortach" or hungry grass.
Flidais (pronounced flee-ish) is a complex Celtic Goddess with many differing stories and aspects. She represents both our domestic and our wild natures. She first appears in the ancient mythological cycles as an Earth Mother. She was the mother of the Irish cultivator heroes, Arden, and Bé Téite and the “she-farmers” Bé Chuille and Dinand. From her they gained the power to cultivate and work the earth for the community.
The Celtic people considered White Deer to be messengers from the otherworld. They believed that the white stag would appear when one was transgressing a taboo, such as when Pwyll tresspassed into Arawn's hunting grounds. Arthurian legend states that the creature has a perennial ability to evade capture; and that the pursuit of the animal represents mankind's spiritual quest. It also signalled that the time was nigh for the knights of the kingdom to pursue a quest.
A fierce warrior herself, Morrigan is goddess of death in battle, slaughter, and strife. She protects the innocent, and brings justice to those who have done wrong. She can take on several forms, including that of a bat, that of a crow and that of Macha – the embodiment of frenzy. Morrigan is queen beside Arawn, and she oversees the Phantom Hunt.
In Scotland, where she is also known as Beira, Queen of Winter, she is credited with making numerous mountains and large hills, The Cailleach displays several traits befitting the personification of winter: she herds deer, she fights spring, and her staff freezes the ground.
Étaín —a figure of Irish mythology, best known as the heroine of Tochmarc Étaíne (English: The Wooing Of Étaín), one of the oldest and richest stories of the Mythological Cycle. She is sometimes known by the epithet Echraide, (“horse rider”), suggesting links with horse deities and figures such as the Welsh Rhiannon and the Gaulish Epona.
THE THREE MÓRRÍGNA were the three great queens of the Túatha Dé Danann. They were called Badb, Macha and Ana. Any of them could bear the title Mórrígu meaning ‘great queen’ but the title was especially applied to Ana. They appear to have each embodied versions of a sense of impelling vehemence held manifest in armies, battles, crows, horses, queens, rainstorms, rivers, seeresses, wailing winds, warrior-women, wolves and other fierce animals.
Badb - Celtic War Goddess, also known as Badb Catha (battle Crow). Part of the trio of war goddesses known as the Morrigna along with Macha and Morrigan. Associated with war and death, foreshadowing imminent bloodshed, participating in battles, and harbringer of doom are all characteristics of the Badb