It can be difficult to keep on top of all the different characters – that’s because the Celtic people were polytheistic, meaning they worshipped multiple gods. In fact, it’s thought that they worshipped as many as 300 different gods! We know about many of these from sources that date back to Celtic times, including statues, ancient places of worship and engravings, as well as place names and personal names. Each of the gods worshipped by the Celtic people are linked to different aspects of life and the world around them.
Many of these Celtic gods and goddesses feature in mythology. Originally Celtic mythology was passed down orally, but the stories were later written down – largely by Christian scribes, who modified the tales in line with their own religion. However, this written work means that Celtic mythology has been preserved to this day, and we have a good understanding of the different themes and deities in the stories.
Our Celtic Collection includes some of the best known deities, Brigid, Medb, Danu, Lugh and Flidhais.