|Pantheons: Arabic / Assyrian / British / Chinese / Greek / Hindu / Irish / Roman|
Why do you incorporate so many Gods and Goddesses into the Morrigan’s Brood Series?
The creators of the Morrigan’s Brood Series sought to include something that seemed to be lacking in many fantasy works: a grounding in our world’s own mythologies, without hiding Gods, Goddesses, and cultural beliefs behind the veil of an allegory. Instead of creating a separate universe with its own deities modeled after an amalgamation of actual deities, the creators thought it fitting to draw from the varied cultures of this world and share them with readers. Many of these belief systems and the Gods and Goddesses they are based on are no longer worshiped (though some pockets of worshipers, here and there, might be found), and yet the old religions are still at the very core of our modern culture, even though modern religions have stealthily or blatantly incorporated these old beliefs and practices into their own religions.
For those wishing to learn about the Gods and Goddesses whose creations inhabit the books of the Morrigan’s Brood Series, the creators offer the table below, as well as links to Wikipedia in case readers wish to begin their own journeys of curiosity and exploration. While Wikipedia is growing, in terms of the accuracy of its content, it is only the first step. Voyagers through the older religions of this world should continue their journey in the library… not just the library in your neighborhood. As a friend once noted, books about the old religions found outside of the United States (for US readers) contain less adulterated information than those found in-country. Whether this observation is indeed true or not, for those on a journey to learn more, go somewhere. Look around. Ask questions. Discover. You never know what you might find.
So, to begin your journey, click on a God or a Goddess below, and you will be taken to Wikipedia. By the way, we will add to this list as the series goes on, so stay tuned for updates after each book release. By the way… it is worthy to note that most of the content about these deities used in the books did not come from Wikipedia, so readers may note differences; that is normal with any research. It’s just part of the journey.
Gods and Goddesses of the Series
|Irish Pantheon – Tuatha dé Danann (People of Dana)||Arabic (Zoroastrian) Pantheon|
|Aine (An-ya)||Goddess of love and fertility||Verethragna||God of war and sexual potency|
|Aongas Óg (An-gus Og)||God of love and youth||Assyrian Pantheon|
|Brigid (Bri-jid)||Goddess of healing, writing, water, and cats||Zaltu (Zal-too)||God of strife|
|Dagda (Dah-dah)||The ‘good’ God of many skills||British Pantheon|
|Dana (Day-na)||The Mother Goddess||Cernunnos||God of animals, wilderness, fertility, and the Wild Hunt|
|Lugh (Loo)||Multi-skilled God of battle, light, writing, and the harvest||Greek / Roman Pantheon|
|Medb (May-v)||Goddess of sovereignty||Aphrodite (af-rə-dy-tee) / Venus (venus)||Goddess of love, beauty, and sexuality / Goddess of love, beauty, and fertility|
|Manannán Mac Lir (Mannan-awan Mac Lir)||Guide to the Otherworld and God of the wind, travels, sea, and sailing||Ares (árɛːs) / Mars (Mārs)||God of War and Manly Virtues / God of War; part of the Archaic Triad|
|Morrigan (Mor-ee-gan)||Goddess of death, battle, blood, and rebirth||Hera (Hēra) / Juno (juːnoː)||Queen of the Gods and Goddess of marriage, women and birth / Patron Goddess of Rome and Goddess of women; part of the Capitoline Triad|
|Nuada (Nu-a-da)||God of healing and weaponry||Zeus (Zews) / Jupiter (Joo-pi-ter)||King of the Gods and God of the sky, thunder, lightning, law, order, and justice / King of the Gods and God of the sky and thunder; part of the Capitoline Triad; Patron Deity of Rome|
|Chinese Pantheon||Hindu Pantheon|
|Shenlong (shén lóng)||A dragon god in Chinese mythology known as the “Master of Storms”||Kali (Kālī)||Goddess of time and change; “She who destroys”; “Redeemer of the Universe”|