Myths and Folklore: Epona & Rhiannon

Rhiannon riding in Arberth. From The Mabinogion, translated by Lady Charlotte Guest, 1877


Epona is the Celtic horse goddess who was worshipped in the whole Gaul and even adopted by the Romans. She's depicted sitting on a horse or standing with multiple horses around her. She's known for her Cornucopia, horn of plenty, which may suggest she's also a fertility goddess.
Rhiannon is her British version, often seen as primarily Welsh goddess. Her name means Great Queen or Divine Queen (of the fairies). She appears in Mabinogion, a collection of Welsh myths, in the story about Pwyll. She rides a white mare.

Books:

The Story of Rhiannon by Katy Cawkwell













A compelling tale, drawn from the fragmentary brilliance of the great Welsh mythological cycle, this new narrative of the story of Rhiannon weaves pictures that linger in the mind and stimulates the imagination.


White Mare's Daughter (Epona #1) by Judith Tarr











The saga of Sarama, the beautiful, headstrong young priestess of a nomadic warrior band. Her majestic white horse is the earthly incarnation of the goddess Epona; her fateful odyssey to a great city where women still rule, unleashes an epic clash of cultures that changes the course of history.


The Mountain of Marvels: A Celtic Tale of Magic (Ancient Fantasy #1) by Aaron Shepard


A thousand years ago, in the Celtic kingdoms of Wales, great lords gave great feasts for their fighting men and courtiers. In timbered halls, for days on end, heaps of meat and bread were washed down with gallons of beer and mead. And in between the meals, when bellies were stuffed and spirits high, the storyteller rose and spun his tales of times long past.

He told of lords, bold and generous. He told of ladies, grand and glorious. He told of friends, brave and faithful. But of all he told about, no friend was more reliable than Manawydan, son of Llyr. No lady was more admirable than Rhiannon. And no lord was more honorable than Pwyll, King of Dyfed.

The halls are now long gone -- yet some tales were written down and gathered in a book we call today The Mabinogion. And so the tales live on.

Divine By Mistake (Partholon #1) by P.C. Cast


The most excitement teacher Shannon Parker expected on her summer vacation was a little shopping. But then her latest purchase--a vase with the Celtic goddess Epona on it--somehow switches her into the world of Partholon, where she's treated like a goddess. A very temperamental goddess... It seems that Shannon has stepped into another's role as the Goddess Incarnate of Epona. And while it has some very appealing moments--what woman doesn't like a little pampering now and then?--it also comes with a ritual marriage to a centaur and the threat of war against the evil Fomorians. Oh, and everyone disliking her because they think she's her double.

Somehow Shannon needs to figure out how to get back to Oklahoma without being killed, married to a horse or losing her mind...

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