C – Cernunnos

Returning back to my roots again.

This image was actually what got me interested in paganism, way back when I was a kid. I don’t quite remember what exactly I was watching, but I know it was a History Channel special. It might have been discussing Celtic art, or culture, but I honestly can’t remember anymore. I do remember that I was fascinated by the artwork and the figure of Cernunnos. So I had to go and look up more information. Not that there was a lot to learn, especially since I was trying to figure out how to spell “Cernunnos” phonetically at the time in my internet searches.

But, I was fascinated. I definitely can’t fault this for being my introduction to paganism. It got me searching. And, it also sparked my interest in ancient and medieval cultures and art as well.

I don’t have much to say about Cernunnos himself. I never really interacted or cared for him. I just found his figure fascinating. Especially since so little was known, and how it became the standard, he was an “over-arching” Celtic deity. I found that concept interesting, if not confusing. But, as a figure, I found him fascinating, if not distant. Then again, I know I’ve never really been meant to go on a path towards Celtic paganism.

Still, it’s a good piece of art.

(This is a short entry, sorry. I don’t have much to say. It’s just a short reminiscence.)

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3 thoughts on “C – Cernunnos

  1. It’s hard to find anything on Cernunnos, since His name is only found on the Gallo-Roman Pillar of the Boatmen in France, now on display at Cluny. The Gundestrup Cauldron image in your post is a Danish find, Thracian in origin, and bears no inscription (I had the privilege of seeing it in person when I was studying in Ireland), and is likely not an image Cernunnos at all.

    That said, I have a silver pendant depicting that figure, which I prefer to use as a representation of Freyr (because antlers and fertility symbols galore).

    There are a lot of Gallo-Roman deities Whose mention only occurs once on obscure monuments, of Whom no myths survive. It’s kind of sad, really. At least it is to me. And it really goes to show just how little we know of various European Polytheisms, “original” and syncretic, and their thousands of Gods.

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    1. Right, I forgot that when I was writing this.

      The TV program did say that the Gundestrup Cauldron was showing Cernunnos, which has always been what stuck in my head. I always forget that it most likely is not him. Thank you for reminding me again, because I definitely needed the reminder of that fact.. 🙂

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  2. You know, some people saw Veles as a horned god, what with the cattle and man-animal hybrid associations, and I have read other people theorize that Veles and Cernunnos as the same.

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