Confusing Irish Deities


Unlike the classical deities there may be more than one deity for a certain function. For example, both Ogma and Brigit are deities of poetry.

Deities also have more than one function. Ogma is also one of the three champions of Ireland so has a fighting function and Brigit is involved with domestic animals, fire and smithcraft.

Add to the fact that a number of people in the myths are called the same name (e.g. there are seven persons called Donn) it can get very confusing!

So how do you straighten out the confusion? You read the texts and not the internet, which can have a lot of misinformation and are careful not to ascribe attributes of one Donn to another.

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3 Comments

  1. Soliwo said,

    March 12, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    There are also multiple Greek gods with similar ‘functions’. Ares is a god of war. So is Zeus. So is Aphrodite, Apollo, Dionysus, Athena. Apollo is a god of healing, oracles, plagues, music, sunlight, the arts. And he is far more that just a god of … a list.

    Do these Greek gods differ in the ways they wage/ represent war? To be sure. But maybe the Irish gods do too.

  2. March 14, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    […] to me, writing about the gods in this fashion, chains them. These people do not sound like gods at […]

  3. March 14, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Maybe they don’t sound like deities because I’ve written about neither deity in depth. I think all writing chains deities


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