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Epona

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Published: February 7, 2013
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Epona was the ancient Horse Goddess of the pre-Christian Pagan people, known as the Gauls, or Celtic French. She was worshipped for many hundreds of years as a Horse Goddess, who not only protected horses, but also their owners. Epona is also one of the most well known of all the Goddesses within the Celtic Pantheon, and she was granted such titles as "The Great Mare," the "Divine Mare," and the "Mare Goddess.”

Epona was worshipped throughout the entire Celtic world in a variety of other, different aspects. In Ireland she was known as Macha, the Goddess of War, while in Wales she became Rhiannon, the Goddess of the Underworld. It was in the aspect of Rhiannon that Epona appears in the Welsh collection of tales known as The Mabinogion. She has also been identified with the Celtic Goddess Edain, or Etain, whose full name, when translated, is Etain Echraidhe, which means “Etain, the horse rider,” or “Etain, the rider of horses.”

Epona was worshipped widely throughout the entire Celtic and Roman worlds, and her worship was exceptionally strong in both Rhineland and Gaul. In fact, Epona’s worship became so strong that it spread as far away as the Danube River, Yugoslavia, North Africa and Rome. The Roman army was so impressed by her that it eventually adopted her cult, and the Roman soldiers introduced Epona's worship to the many people that they encountered in their travels.

The British worshipped Epona in the form of a cult, and they gave her the title "Rigantona" or "Rig Antonia," which means "Great Queen." The Goddess Rhiannon, whose worship occurred at a much later point in time, was strongly associated with Epona, and she was known by that title as well.

Epona was also known by a variety of other names, which changed according to the various languages and myths that were indigenous to each particular region. It actually matters little whether she was known as Rhiannon, Macha or Epona, because no matter which aspect she happened to appear in, her image always remained the same. She appeared as a woman with very long hair who was riding sidesaddle upon a white mare. When she appeared in the aspect of Epona, however, she was depicted as a woman with very long hair, lying half-naked on a white mare.

Epona was frequently portrayed, either standing next to or being surrounded by horses. Sometimes, however, she also appeared to be feeding foals, or else she had dogs, sitting by her side. Throughout parts of Central Europe, Epona was believed to have the ability to shape-shift between the form of a woman and that of a white mare. It was when she appeared in the form of a white mare that Epona was believed to have magickal abilities, which allowed her to carry shamans upon her back so that they could travel to, and then return back, from the spirit world.

Epona was also known as the Gaulish Moon Goddess and the Goddess of Abundance, since she was believed to represent fertility, freedom and creativity. She was also considered to be the protectress of horses, mules, stables, equine caregivers and cavalrymen.

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evolved a lot further from my premade background


White mare: [link] - - - Palomino Horse: [link]
Hawk: [link] - - - Fae /Sprite: [link]
Mushroom: [link] - - - Trees: [link]
Silver texture: [link] - - - Grass: [link]
Grass brushes: [link] & [link]
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Font: Celticmd
frame & most engraving free dingbat: Celtic Pattern
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F/2.9
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100
Date Taken
Jan 1, 2003, 12:00:00 AM
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
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wow..
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:D I hope wow equals a fave ;)
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you put this together very well
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thanks my friend
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:hug: welcome dear
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Beautiful work :love:
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thanks dear :D
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You are most welcome my dear friend :hug: :iconwhiteroseplz:
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Beautiful Epona! :iconflyingheartsplz::aww::iconflyingheartsplz: ... And the description is very interesting indeed! :nod: Thank you for sharing it with us! :tighthug::iconflyingheartsplz:
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thanks hun :huggle:
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You're very welcome! :tighthug:
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Beautiful! And thanks for including the historical information.
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NamedaProfessional General Artist
thanks :) its a pleasure :) I thought many might never have heard of Epona
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Lovely job:aww::)!!
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thanks dear :D I never sat on one artwork that long before
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you're welcome:aww::)!
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