Relief of the Gaulish horse goddess Epona

Relief of the Gaulish horse goddess Epona

Across the British Isles there have been many Statues found of Epona, the Celtic Horse Goddess. There is a huge carving, in the chalk on a hillside in Berkshire, England that is of a Horse.

Epona was said to appear to her followers riding a white horse that did not seem to be of this earth. The horse was very important to the Celtic peoples. They were used for plowing, traveling and transporting heavy loads of goods.

Later known as Rhiannon, there are many legends and myths of Epona. She is often accompanied by three birds from the Otherworld. The Otherworld is where the Gods and Goddesses live. The song from the birds of the Otherworld were said to have magical powers, including the restoring the dead to life and healing sadness and pain.

The Horses of the British Isles were small compared to the Horses brought to the Isles by the Romans and the Berbers. Among the many legends of Epona she was said to have saved her people from the Barbarians who rode to conquer the Celtic peoples.

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