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Brigit was the daughter of the Dagda and one of the Tuatha Dé Danann. She was the wife of Bres of the Fomorians, with whom she had a son, Ruadán. She had two sisters, also named Brighid, and is considered a classic Celtic Triple Goddess.

Familial relations

She has two oxen, Fe and Men, that graze on a plain named after them, Femen. She also possessed the "king of boars", Torc Triath, and Cirb, king of wethers (sheep), from whom Mag Cirb is named. As the daughter of Dagda, she is also the half sister of Cermait, Aengus, Midir and Bodb Derg.

Divine responsibilities

Brigit is "a woman of poetry, and poets worshiped her, for her sway was very great and very noble. And she was a woman of healing along with that, and a woman of smith's work, and it was she first made the whistle for calling one to another through the night. And the one side of her face was ugly, but the other side was very comely. And the meaning of her name was Breo-saighit, a fiery arrow."

Brighid was associated with cows, sacred flames, such as the one maintained by the 19 Daughters of the Flame at her sanctuary in Kildare, Ireland. Her sacred flame at Kildare was said by Giraldus Cambrensis and other chroniclers to have been surrounded by a hedge, which no man could cross. Men who attempted to cross the hedge were said to have been cursed to go insane, die, and/or to have had their "lower leg" wither.

Brighid was also connected to holy wells, at Kildare and many other sites in the Celtic lands. Well dressing, the tying of clooties to the trees next to healing wells, and other methods of petitioning or honoring Brighid still take place in some of the Celtic lands and the diaspora.

As one of the most popular goddesses worshipped by the Celtic peoples, including the druid, many of her stories and symbology survive in the persona of Saint Brigid. She is the goddess of all things perceived to be of relatively high dimensions such as high-rising flames, highlands, hill-forts and upland areas; and of activities and states conceived as psychologically lofty and elevated, such as Wisdom, excellence, perfection, high Intelligence, poetic eloquence, craftsmanship (especially blacksmithing), healing ability, druidic knowledge and skill in warfare. In the living traditions, whether seen as goddess or saint, she is largely associated with the home and hearth and is a favorite of both Pagans and Christians. A number of these associations are attested in Cormac's Glossary.

Her British and continental counterpart Brigantia seems to have been the Celtic equivalent of the Roman Minerva and the Greek Athena (Encyclopedia Britannica: Celtic Religion), goddesses with very similar functions and apparently embodying the same concept of 'elevated state', whether physical or psychological.

Maman Brigitte, one of the Lwa of Haitian Voodoo, may be a form of Brigid. It is likely that the concept came to the New World through the Irish who were kidnapped, enslaved and forced to labor in the Caribbean alongside the enslaved Africans. Because of the intermarriage and cultural blending between the Irish and Africans, it is possible that Haitian Voodo is partially influenced by survivals of Celtic polytheism. Maman Brigitte is worshipped as the Lady of the Cemetery; her colors are purple, violet and black. She is the wife of Baron Samedi, and characterised as a hard working, hard cursing woman who can swear a blue streak and enjoys a special drink made of rum laced with 21 hot peppers. People suspected of faking a possession by her may be asked to drink her special rum or rub hot peppers on their genitals, which she occasionally does. Those who are not truly possessed are soon identified.

Festivals : On February 1 or February 2, Brigid is celebrated at the Gaelic festival of Imbolc, when she brings the first stirrings of spring to the land.

Role-playing Notes

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Brigit, also known as Brigantia, Bridget, or Brigid, is the Celtic Goddess of the rivers and rural life who sees to the well-fare of the Celts. She is also the Goddess of Healing, Midwifery, Wisdom poetry and smith trade.

Nonetheless, she is yet different from Diancecht, Cairbre, and Goibhniu who are respectively associated to these Domains. In fact, Brighit’s main concern is the prosperity of the Celtic peoples, whose society is heavily dependant on these three aspects: fecundity (healing), intellectual aptitude (poetry), and technical adroitness (smith trade). Brighit is otherwise the goddess of rivers, and she is traditionally depicted riding a white cow.

She was raised on the milk creature of The Otherworld, a white, red-eared cow. Brigit is one of the great Triple Goddesses of the Celtic people. She appeared as Brigit to the Irish, Brigantia in Northern England, Bride in Scotland, and Brigandu in Brittany. Many legends are told about Brigit. Some say that there are three Brigits: one sister in charge of poetry and inspiration who invented the Ogham alphabet, one in charge of healing and midwifery, and the third in charge of the hearth fire, smithies and other crafts. This actually indicates the separate aspects of her Threefold nature and is a neat division of labor for a hard-working Goddess. Indeed, various interpretations of her name exist including, “Bright Arrow,” “The Bright One,” “the Powerful One” and “The High One,” depending upon the region and the dialect.

Alignment: NG or LG
Domain: Craft, Litha (Fire), Brigit's Flame , Ostara (Healing), Imbolc (Protection)
Symbol: Blue triskel (i.e.: three connected spirals in triangle). Filidh of Brighit often have the symbol of their goddess tattooed on their body (generally on the arms).
Favoured Weapon: none.
Area of control: Motherhood and Celtic everyday life.
Typical worshippers: Artisans, farmers, midwives, women.
Duties of priesthood: Filidh of Brighit are expected to help the common people in their everyday life tasks; traditionally as healers / midwives and seers.
Her coven is known as the Daughters of the Flame. These lawful good witches keep a holy flame burning at all times.
Sacred Animal:
swan, snake, cow and wolf.
Part of a trinity of Brigit (maiden) and Danu (mother), Morigann is the crone.
Special Benefit: Filidh of Brighit can have the Cure spontaneous casting ability (as clerics) instead of the Divination spontaneous casting ability.

Brigantia

Brigantia is the goddess of the rivers and rural life. She was raised on the milk creature of the other-world, a white, red-eared cow. She is worshipped by the queen Cartimandua (women in positions of power are not at all uncommon among the tribes) and by the pastoral villages and towns. She is the protector of flocks of geese and herds of cattle, seeing they flourish to help feed her hungry worshippers. Her dominion over the rivers allows her to use their waters for therapeutic purposes. She often wears a crown and is depicted in Celtic art sitting atop a globe. She is also sometimes outfitted for war, wearing a breast plate and carrying a spear.

Role-playing Notes

Brigantia is of a relaxed, peaceful nature. She rejoices in the slower, quieter ways of the country folk, and never ventures into large towns or cities, Her tending of animals is compulsive, and she will often keep that task even when other pressing matters are brought to her attention.

Alignment: Neutral Good

Symbol: A Footbridge

Duties of the Priesthood: Priests of Brigantia are charged with spreading her bounty across the land, and so are often seen carrying two clay jars. The first contains water from a Brigantian river or stream which the priests can pour into other streams to cleanse them. The second jar contains dung from her pastoral lands which, when distributed, brings her blessings upon fields and villages. The priests can also apply their water and dung to heal the sick or injured.

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Brigd (20th Level Fili / 16th Level sorcerer)
Size Medium Lesser God
Hit Dice 10d10 + 20d6 + 16d4 + 230Hit Points: 386
Initiative +7 (Dexterity)
Speed 30 feet
AC 23 (+7 Dexterity + 6 Natural)
Attacks +31/+26/+21 melee longsword (1d8+8)
Face/Reach 5 feet by 5 feet / 5 feet
Special Attacks Ainmed, Curse of Shame, Mocking, Spell-casting, Stunning Insult, Turn Air, Earth, or Water Creatures 15 times per day, Wound with Words
Special Qualities Acid Immunity, Distant Satire, Enduring Nickname, Encouraging Words, Fire Immunity, Major Immunities, Written Satire
Saves Fort +22 Ref +19 Will +25
Abilities Strength 26, Dexterity 25, Constitution 20, Intelligence 32, Wisdom 16, Charisma 30
Skills Balance +30, Bluff +30, Craft (Armormaking) +33, Craft (Metalworking) +33, Craft (Weaponsmithing) +33, Escape Artist +21, Hide +22, Intimidate +21, Knowledge (Arcana) +19, Knowledge (Poetry) +34, Listen +23, Profession (Musician) +38, Profession (Smithing) +34, Scry +19, Search +20, Spellcraft +23, Spot +43, Tumble +18, Use Magic Device +40
Feats Blind-Fight, Brew Potion, Call of Nature’s Fury, Craft Magic Arms and Armor, Craft Wondrous Item, Combat Reflexes, Combat Casting, Dodge, Empower Spell, Enlarge Spell, Forge Ring, Maximize Spell, Mobility, Silent Spell
Alignment Neutral Good
Domains Craft, Fire, Brigit's Flame , Healing, Protection

Turn Air, Earth, or Fire Creatures (Sp): Brigd Turns such monsters as though they were undead of the appropriate Hit Dice and she were a Cleric of 10th Level.

Major Immunities (Ex): Brigd is immune to the following effects: Ability damage, ability drain, acid, cold, death effects, disease, disintegration, electricity, energy drain, mind-affecting effects, Paralysis, poison, sleep, stunning, transmutation, imprisonment, banishment.

Sorcerer Spells Known (6/7/7/6/6/6):

0th — Arcane mark, dancing lights, detect magic, ghost sound, Light, mage hand, prestidigitation, read magic, resistance.

1st — Charm Person, mage armor, magic missile, message, sleep.

2nd — Blur, knock, levitate, mirror image, web.

3rd — Blink , fly, hold person, lightning bolt.

4th — Arcane eye, fire trap, wall of fire, fire shield.

5th — Cone of cold, seeming, wall of force, wall of stone.

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