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By Bruce Chilton

When they arrived on the position which God had indicated to him, Abraham built
an altar there, and organized the wooden. Then he certain his son and positioned him on
the altar on most sensible of the wooden. Abraham stretched out his hand and took the
knife to kill his son . . .” —The booklet of Genesis

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Socially, at least from the outside, it was evidently the men who were in control. Like the Kouretes however, they were devoted to the goddess and almost certainly guided and influenced to a large extent by their women. [71] Celtic women however, were more than just formidable warriors. [75] The same was probably true of druidesses on the continent. [76] Priestesses however, were a different matter - though they too would have been formidable charmers and seers. Their primary role was to embody the goddess and thus bring into focus both the numinous power of the otherworld and the diffused presence of the Divine Feminine in the world of Nature.

Exploring how people are responding to that message now helps us to see its implications: how she remains spiritually relevant in today's world. Her relevance, however, cannot be appreciated from a purely academic perspective. Epona's spirituality was (and is) earthy and sensual, and in both its ancient and its modern dimensions her story could rightly be called “historical with juicy bits”. But whether this book is seen as a scholarly survey, an intriguing detective story or a spiritual message to be taken to heart, is an entirely personal matter.

Literary and artistic clues also tell us that Epona was involved in the ancient Mysteries. Not only were the details of these Mysteries themselves secret (the penalty for revealing them was death), but the nature and extent of Epona's involvement was also hidden. ” But there are a number of other ways in which that title is also appropriate. Although there is no way to prove it, for instance, Epona may have been known as “Macha” among the Ulaid in Northern Ireland and as “Rhiannon” in Wales. Without her original name, or proof of the transition, her presence shimmers in the details while her true identity remains hidden.

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