Let's chat about the Celtic Deity, Cernunnos
So I do Mythology Monday's where I talk about Old Gods. I'll post the one I did for today on here, and if it's liked then I'll continue to post them on here as I continue to do them!
Cernunnos. (Possibly the Horned God, I’ve heard this ranges from Wiccan to Wiccan). You could very well be familiar with this dude. If you're a hunter (who knows folklore), a Wiccan, or a gamer, you have probably heard of him. But he's the Green Man. One of them anyway. He's a giant dude. With horns coming out of his head.
Cernunnos is the name he is called, on an item called the "Pillar of the boatman" which is a pillar with numerous gods and mythological figures carved onto it. Some other figures on the pillar: Volcanus, Esus, and Iouis, (alongside names you've probably heard of like Castor and Pollux). It’s an item that contains both Gaulish (The Gauls were some of the original inhabitants of what is now France) and Roman mythological figures. It also actually stood where Paris is now located (back when it was the area/town of Lutetia). The pillar itself is actually known to date back to the first quarter of the 1st century A.D., which makes it worth discussing even more. I’ll probably dedicate a Mythology Monday to the Pillar itself sometime in the future. But let’s get back to the Green Dude.
Cernunnos is a figure, specifically in Celtic Polytheism. In case you’re unfamiliar with Polytheism, (You probably aren’t, but you’d be surprised the number of people who aren’t familiar with this term) the term refers to the belief in a pantheon composed of multiple gods (or just more than one god). According to some, Cernunnos is a deity aligned with the Underworld. But more believe that Cernunnos is tied to the forest, especially male animals like the stag (due to the horns). The aspects of the forest that also tie to Cernunnos include the animals in the forest, and lust (similar to Pan in some respects), and also vegetation (more closely tied to “the Green Man”). Some also connect him with tales of death and dying, possibly due to his ties to hunts. To some Pagans and Wiccans he can be tied to male strength, fertility, and power. Some sources claim that the first known depiction of him dates back to Northern Italy around 400 B.C., and again on another item called the Gundestrup Caldron (another item with depictions of deities), which dates back to 100 B.C., and was located at Jutland, Denmark.
Had you heard of Cernunnos? What do you think of the Lord of the Wild Things? Here are the sources I used!