This rather lengthy poem was written in fits and starts of inspiration over the course of a couple weeks. It has been only minimally checked as to vocabulary and grammar. I use words from the Old Celtic Lexicon, which specifically says not to use it as a citable source, so from a scholarly point of view, the poem is already beyond the pale. I also don’t like the repetitiveness of some of it. “Thus and so is a God/dess” at the beginning and end of each stanza hardly seems inspired, but it’s the best I can do. For the most part, I wrote it in Gaulish first, then translated it into English and did what little checking I have done.
It’s written in an attempt at an 11 syllable meter, with a caesura, alliteration, and some rhyme here and there. I can’t keep it up with anything like consistency, though, so my metrical scheme is more aspiration than reality.
As to the contents of the poem, it’s mostly a laundry list of deities and spirits, with hints of another creation myth different from Adbertos Yemoni, as well as bits and pieces of other myths and a few bits of genealogy. It more hints at things than spells them out, but a lot of real old Celtic language poetry is like that. There no attempt to credit the numberless influences on the poem. I wrote in such a state that I can hardly remember where this or that bit came from in any case. Most of it is standard stuff that will get credited in later discussions. However, I can’t promise to stick consistently with this poem when the time comes to actually talk about Gods. My discussion of deities in the column will be scholarship mixed with some UPG. This is neither. This is art.
A few credits I do remember: my take is Maponus is informed by some discussions with Christopher Scott Thompson about this deity. My discussion of Cernunnos owes a little to the work of C. Lee Vermeers, Ceisiwr Serith, and Frances Fray Bober on this deity, though departs from their visions in various ways. Serith’s work also informs my perspective on Grannus. Michael Enright’s Lady with a Mead Cup informs my take on Rosmertâ. My perspective on Lugus is powerfully influenced by an article by John Koch entitled Further to tongu do dia toinges mo thuath [“Mi a dyngaf dynged it”], &c. My take on several Goddesses is coming to be influenced by that of Morpheus Ravenna, from her not-yet-published Book of the Great Queen, though there are other influences as well.
Sos sentî Dêwoi Galetion So estî kordâ Dêwon Dêwoi senoi, au kentê Au dumnê, au nemê Atriyâ Dêwon noibon Dêwon toutânon Dêwoi eti Dêwâs Sos sentî Dêwoi Galetion. Anderoi buwânt cintus Are Bitun, in dumnê Anderoi drukoi waxtoic Trebânt in gruwosman Au Anderobi encât Rîganâ encât swâ Rîganâ Dêwâ Cintâ Matir Dêwon swâ Taranis estî atir Atir Dêwon in nemê Dêwos Nemi, Loucetic Dêwos Rotâs Sleibic Estîs Marwetos Drîgos Dêwos Wiriâs, swâ Dêwos co Gutê Mârê Taranis estî atir Eponâ estî Rîganâ Rîganâ Epon swâ Rîganâ Talamonos Rîganâ Eporedon Rîganâ Ulati swâ Ulati Toutâs Areletiâ Marwon Eponâ estî Rîganâ Rosmertâ estî Rîganâ Uidluâ Mârâ Rîganâ Medi Ulati Ulati Coryi, Co slatî Uidluâs swâ Dêwâ Toncnaman Wegyet ollon estîyo Rosmertâ estî Rîganâ Lugus estî Tigernos Dêwos Gaisi swâ Estîs Gnatos Cernunni Marwetos Durîgos Estîs Tigernos Coryi swâ Dêwos Lugyâs swâ Toncâtyo Toncnamnûs Lugus estî Tigernos Boduâ estî Rîganâ Rîganâ Cathon Cathuboduâ estsi swâ Dêwâ Orgeton Tigernâ Cingeton swâ Delgetyâ eyonon Batûs Cantletyâ Toncnamnûs Boduâ estî Rîganâ Camulus estî Dêwos Estîs Dêwos Cathi Estîs Rudianus swâ Estîs Rudiobus swâ Estîs Cauâros Mâros Dêwos co Cladebê Detyo alboudion swâ Camulus estî Dêwos Nantosueltâ Rîganâ Estsi Rîganâ Dumni Rîganâ Ulani swâ Dêwâ Tegoslougi Detyâ ollon dagon swâ Rîganâ Bekon Detyâ knutûs argantonc Nantosueltâ Rîganâ Sucellus estî Dêwos Estîs Dêwos Dumni swâ Dêwos co Ordê Mârê Co Pannî Ulani Detyos ollon dagon swâ Dêwos Donnos Mâros Detyo knutûs argontonc Sucellus estî Dêwos Briganâ estî Dêwâ Dêwâ Aidletâs Dêwâ Aidi Windi swâ Duxtir Taranês swâ Dêwâ Medii Noibi swâ Eti Dêwâ Briganton Dêwâ Tegoslougi swâ Briganâ estî Dêwâ Cernunnos estî Dêwos Atir Noibos Lugi Diclawetos Cingi Cingi Dêwobo swâ Areletios Marwon Pennosenisteros Eti Rîxs Marwon swâ Cernunnos estî Dêwos Sironâ estî Dêwâ estsi Dêwâ Lugrâs Dêwâ Admessarâs swâ Rîganâ Tsirânon Estsi Dêwâ Natrigon Dêwâ Andounânon Detyâ Slaniin swâ Sironâ estî Dêwâ Grannus estî Dêwos estîs Dêwos Louki Dêwos Teni in Dubrê delgetyo Andounnin Andounnin Slaniâs swâ Liyagos estîs swâ Liyagos welisamos Grannus estî Dêwos Sulis estî Dêwâ Dêwâ Sâwelii Dêwâ Roudii Baragii Dêwâ Dii Windi Dêwâ Letonoxtii swâ Weletyâ ollon swâ Eti dede slaniin Sulis estî Dêwâ Ogmios estî Dêwos Estîs Dêwos Nertos Dêwos Lânos Galâs swâ Dêwos Caletos swâ Dêwos Dungwi Arganti Dêwos Lânos Wati Estîs Dêwos Senos swâ Ogmios estî Dêwos Maponos estî Dêwos Dêwos Yowinkos swâ Wonesâtyo in Dumnon wer trition dion Trebâtyo intir Anderûs Wisset Brixtom Anderon Wermonasyo in Bitun Maponus estî Dêwos Toutatîs sentî Dêwoi Dêwoi Toutânon swâ Sentei Dêwoi Contrebion Dêwoi Trebânon swâ Cauaroi Toutânon swâ Dêwoi Cnocon Caitonc Menekos Senisteroi Toutatîs sentî Dêwoi Toutodêwâs sentî swâ Dêwâs Toutânon swâ Sentsies Dêwâs Contrebion Dêwâs Trebânon swâ Tigernâs Talamwos swâ Dêwâs Abonânon Co ulatê wer brogion Toutodêwâs sentî swâ Dêwâs Matres sentî Dêwâs Toutânon swâ Sentsies Dêwâs Contrebion Dewâs Trebânon swâ Toni Dêwâs Weniânon Wegyontyâs Toncnaman Menekos Senisterâs Dêwâs Matres Sentî Talamodêwoi sentî Dêwoi biccoi papâs pettiâs Papi Clocci, Papi Prenni eti Papi Tegi Dusioi sentî allatoi Trebânt in caitê swâ Bongent prennûs knutûs swâ Dusioi sentî allatoi Anderoi trebânt in Dumnê In gruwosmnê swâ Trebânt ander bitun swâ Co brixtom nerton swâ Anderoi drukoi waxtoic Anderoi wissacoi Pos trebânt in gruwosmnê Anderoi trebânt in Dumnê Sos sentî Dêwoi Galetion So estî kordâ Dêwon Dêwoi senoi, au kentê Au dumnê, au nemê Atriyâ Dêwon noibon Dêwon toutânon Dêwoi eti Dêwâs Sos sentî Dêwoi Galetion. These are the God of the Galatîs This is the company of the Gods The Old Gods, from the beginning From the Underworld, from Heaven The Genealogy of the Holy Gods The Gods of the Tribes The Gods and Goddesses These are the Gods of the Galatîs The Anderoi were first Before the world, in the Underworld The Aneroi evil and bad Lived in the darkness From the Anderoi came The Queen came, so The Queen, the First Goddess The Mother of the Gods, so. Taranis is Father Father of the Gods, in Heaven The God of Heaven, and of Lightning The God of the Wheel, and of the Mountain He is the Slayer of the Dragon The God of Truth, so The God with the Great Voice, Taranis is Father. Eponâ is a Queen Queen of Horses, so Queen of the Earth, Queen of Cavalry Queen of Sovereignty, so Sovereignty of the Tribe Guide of the Dead, Eponâ is a Queen. Rosmertâ is a Queen The Great Seeress Queen of the Mead of Sovereignty Sovereignty of the Warband With the Wand of the Seeress, so Goddess of Fate Who Weaves All Things Rosmertâ is a Queen Lugus is Lord, The God of the Spear, so He is the Son of Cernunnos the Slayer of the Evil King He is the Lord of the Warband, so the God of the Oath, so Who Swears Destinies Lugus is Lord Boduâ is a Queen Queen of Battles Cathuboduâ She is, so The Goddess of Slaughters The Lady of Heroes, so Who holds their deaths Who sings fates Boduâ is a Queen Camulus is a God He is the God of Battle He is Rudianus, so He is Rudiobus, so He is a Great Hero The God with the Sword, Who gives all victory, so Camulus is a God Nantosueltâ Queen Is the Queen of the Underworld The Queen of Abundance, so The Queen of the Household Who gives all good, so The Queen of Bees She gives crops and silver Queen Nantosueltâ Sucellus is a God He is God of the Underworld, so The God with the Great Hammer The God with the Cup of Abundance Who gives all good, so The Great Dark Lord Who gives crops and silver Sucellus is a God Briganâ is a Goddess The Goddess of the Hearth The Goddess of the Shining Flame, so The Daughter of Taranis, so The Goddess of the Sacred Center, so And the Goddess of High Places The Goddess of the Household, so Briganâ is a Goddess Cernunnos is a God The Holy Father of Lugus The Opener of the Way The Way to the Gods, so The Guide of the Dead The First Ancestor And the King of the Dead, so Cernunnos is a God Sironâ is a Goddess She is the Goddess of the Moon The Goddess of Time, so The Queen of the Stars She is the Goddess of Serpents The Goddess of Wells Who Gives Health/Safety, so Sironâ is a Goddess Grannus is a God He is the God of Light The God of Fire in Water Who Keeps the Well The Well of Health/Safety, so He is a Physician, so The Greatest of Physicians Grannus is a God Sulis is a Goddess The Goddess of the Sun The Goddess of Red Morning The Goddess of the Shining Day The Goddess of Twlight, so Who Sees All, so And gives health/safety Sulis is a Goddess Ogmios is a God He is a Mighty God A God Full of Warrior Rage, so A Hard God, so The Silver Tongued God The God Full of Inspiration He is an old God, so Ogmios is a God Maponus is a God He is the Younng God, so Who Descended into Dumnos On the Third Day Who lived among the Anderoi Who knows the Magic of the Anderoi Who Rose into the World Maponus is a God Toutatîs are Gods Gods of Tribes, so They are Gods of Districts Gods of Settlements, so Heroes of Tribes, so Gods of Hills and Forests Often Ancestors Toutatîs are Gods Toutodêwâs are, so Goddesses of Tribes, so They are Goddesses of Districts Goddesses of Settlements, so Ladies is the Land, so Goddesses of Rivers With Sovereignty over Countries Toutodêwâs are, so The Dêwâs Matres are The Goddesses of Tribes, so They are the Goddesses of Districts Goddesses of Settlements, so Also the Goddesses of Families Who Weave Fate Often Female Ancestors The Dêwâs Matres are The Talamodêwoi are The Small Gods of Each Thing Each Stone, Each Tree And of Each House The Dusioi are wild They live in the forest, so They break trees and crops The Dusioi are wild The Anderoi dwell in Dumnos in the darkness, so They dwell under the world, so with mighty magic, so The Anderoi evil and bad The Wise Anderoi Who dwell in the darkness The Anderoi dwell in Dumnos These are the God of the Galatîs This is the company of the Gods The Old Gods, from the beginning From the Underworld, from Heaven The Genealogy of the Holy Gods The Gods of the Tribes The Gods and Goddesses These are the Gods of the Galatîs