The Celtic people of ancient times had complex and fascinating belief systems, and for the most part, much of these beliefs were inherently and closely tied with Druidism of the time.
These were people that not only worshiped the forests and nature, but also believed that gods walked the earth, shaping the land around them and the lives they lived.
These were strong beliefs that stood the test of time for hundreds of years, and only began buckling as Christianity started making its way around the ancient world.
Today, many of these deities have long since been forgotten, but there are still some druid groups around the world that remember and give worship to some of these deities.
For many others, worshiping nature is more important than any deity, and has since shunned more modern aspects of life, such as the internet, online betting NZ, and much more.
For those interested in the ancient deities that our druid ancestors believed in, here are some of the more common ones.
Lugh Lamh-fada – Long-Haired
This was the patriarch of the ancient gods, a deity similar in many ways to that of Zeus or the Egyptian sun god Ra.
Known as Lagos for the Gaul, Lugh Lamh-fada was seen as the son of the sun, a god associated with the rising sun and for many, a powerful entity to be feared and loved in equal measure.
Dagda the Good
This was the king of the Tuatha de Dannans, and many believed that he was the father to many of the other gods.
He possessed a magical weapon, often depicted as a club, that he would use to restore the dead or lay waste to the living, and had the power to feed an unlimited amount of people.
Often associated with the home, Brigid was the goddess of fire, poetry, and the smithy, and many druids would hang small wreaths in their homes, dedicated to her while at the same time seeking her divine protection.
Fires would be lit and maintained constantly in her honour, and over time she became the more well known Saint Brigid in Christianity, who is still revered around the world to this day.
The god of healing, he owned a magical well that had the power to bring people back from the dead.
His children, like him, were gifted healers, and his eldest son was a master surgeon, while his daughter instead turned to herbalism.
Much of what the Gaul’s believed in was discovered by the Ancient Romans, and because of the animosity shared by the two peoples, the Romans destroyed large parts of Gaulish history.
Despite this, Caesar did make some connections between his and their gods, and while this only applied to six gods in total, historians believe that the Gaul’s believed in over 300 deities in total.
Some of the more popular comparisons include Lugh as the Roman god Mercury, Belinus as Apollo, Taranis as Mars, Brigid as Minerva, and Teutatis as Jupiter, the king of the gods.