Cernunnos The Horned God of the Celts

Cernunnos The Horned God of the Celts, associated
with the hunt and with fertility. He was sometimes portrayed
with serpent’s legs, a man’s torso and the head of a
bull or ram; or he was shown with stags or wearing stag
Witches stirring up brew in cauldron (Abraham Saur, Ein Kurtze Treue Warning, 1582)
54 Cernunnos
antlers. Cernunnos was ruler of the underworld or otherworld,
the opener of the gates between life and death.
He also was worshiped by the Romans and Gauls, who
sometimes portrayed him as triple-headed. The name
Cernunnos means simply “the horned.”
The famous Gundestrup cauldron, a large, gilt silver
cauldron dated ca. 100 b.c.e. and recovered from a bog
near Gundestrup, Denmark, depicts a stag-horned Cernunnos
in several scenes: as an antlered man attended
by animals, including a boar, and grasping a ram-headed
serpent; and grasping a stag in each hand. The cauldron
is believed to be Celtic in origin, though some scholars
say it is Gallic.
In Wicca and Paganism, the Horned God is often addressed
as “Cernunnos” in rituals.

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