The Morrighan


The Morrighan:

Also called Morrigu, she is an Irish goddess associated with fate and death in battle. In the Ulster Cycle, she foretells the hero Cuchulain’s doom by appearing at a ford, washing his bloody clothing.  The Morrighan is also connected with sovereignty, however, and with wealth in the form of cattle. She has been depicted both alone and as a triune goddess, with her other names being Badb and Macha, or Macha and Anand. She often appears as an attractive woman, but she can also take the form of carrion crows, a young heifer, or an old woman.



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