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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 14, Bridget Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 14, Bridget Summary and Analysis

The Christianizing of early Celtic deities can best be learned from accounts of the Goddess of the Brigantes. Bridge was canonized as a Christian saint said to have been the midwife to the Virgin Mary. Further evidence points to the fire at Bridget's shrine in Kildare, which was originally tended by priestesses, and later by Catholic sisters. Bridget is known as the Great One, the Mother, the Mighty, Brigantia, Briginda and Brigidu.

It is said that Bridget was born at sunrise and that a flame stretched from the top of her head into the heavens, signaling the birth of a holy baby. Nine priestesses tend to Bridget's flame and spread her wisdom among the people. The priestesses also teach the women of the village about healing herbs and springs, which can cure impotence and leprosy. It is Bridget who...

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