Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Celtic Myth of the White Stag




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The White Stag

I'm researching for my next medieval romance set in Wales, and I ran across a myth I'd forgotten. I used to be obsessed with Robin Hood, the TV show on PBS, and one of the things I liked best about it was the ethereal deity, Herne the Hunter, who offered sage advice to Robin. Herne was always depicted as a man with antlers, shrouded in mist. 

The Welsh and other Celts worshipped another deity in antlers, known as Cernunnos. His image is seen on Celtic artifacts, and he was the god of nature or fertility. One myth associated with Cernunnos is the white stag, which is said to be his animal form. In real life, these stags occur very rarely and are usually prized by hunters. 

The Celtic Welsh believed seeing a white stag symbolized the transgressing of a taboo. I'm definitely hoping my hero or heroine sees a white stag in the near future! 

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