Saint Brigid

Brigid webThe famous Irish saint Brigid, commonly seen as Ireland’s second patron after Patrick. Brigid is a complex figure whose life stories have grown out of traditions about the Celtic goddess of the same name, whose presence is remembered in the stone carving in the picture. The goddess was said to have three aspects and three main expertise: in poetry, healing, and smithcraft. Both saint and goddess have stories revolving around sacred fire. The Brigid’s cross is also a survival of pagan times that became a symbol of the saint along with her bell, which was said to have been left behind after her time at Glastonbury. Here she is remembered as having settled at Beckery, just behind Wearyall Hill, and as such is included in my book’s chapter on the town of Glastonbury. Acrylic on canvas (15.5in x 20in)


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