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NCowham: The Sabbatic Goat

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.mythology,alt.pagan,alt.satanism,talk.religion.misc
From: Kenneth New 
Subject: Re: NCowham: Re: The Sabbatic Goat
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 1995 00:59:22 MST

> >Cernunnos is the Roman name for Huon, among other Celtic and pre-celtic 
> >european deities.

Cernunnos is not a Latin word.  It means nothing in Latin, nor is the 
word similar to any god in Rome or Italy.  It is far easier to believe 
that this is the Celtic name for the divinity in question arther than a 
Roman synchretization.  This is also supported by the -os ending on 
Cernunnos, not used in Latin this late.

> >By the way - I'm sure you are also well aware that roman 
> >inscriptions are some of the best icongraphic evidence we 
> >have for celtic god-names. They seem to have recorded them 
> >fairly faithfully, whilst linking them with a equivalent god 
> >of the classical pantheon. 

There is no reason to believe that it was just the Romans who were 
synchretizing local gods to their own.  This seems to be a common 
practice in ancient paganism.  Many of the inscriptions of Celtic 
divinities are unlikely to have been Roman work.  Doesn't it just make 
sense that if you worshipped a fertility god, who lead the souls of the 
dead to the underworld and held certain magical secrets that you would 
consider a god with those same exact attributes in another culture to be 
the same?  This is only one example of the logical synchretizations that 
occured in the Roman empire.

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