Saturday, August 1, 2009

Virgin and the Mórrígan

Virgin and the Mórrígan #3

This statue is located in Foxford, County Mayo. I noticed that Crows liked to perch on the Virgin's shoulder and halo, which reminded me of the story of the death of Cú Chulainn the Irish Hercules/Achilles. Wherein the enemy forces of the Queen Maeve of Connacht only knew Cú Chulainn was dead when a crow settled on his shoulder. The Crow was the Goddess Mórrígan. She is associated with sovereignty, prophecy, war, and death on the battlefield. She sometimes appears in the form of a crow, flying above the warriors.

The Morrígan is often considered a triple goddess. Sometimes she appears as one of three sisters, the daughters of Ernmas: the Morrígan, the Badb and Macha.

Anyway, I liked the juxtaposition of Goddesses in this image and that the Virgin statue is quite distressed, it adds to Celtic concept of the hidden or unseen world existing in tandem with the seen

Virgin and The Mórrígan #2