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Posted By: theleveller
14-Nov-11 - 11:51 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Shape changer/shifter legends
Subject: RE: Shape changer/shifter legends
There's plenty of shape-shifting going on in Celtic mythology. Morrigan, for instance, is a Celtic goddess of war who hovered over the battlefield as a crow or raven. She has been equated with Medh. Badb, Macha, and Nemain may have been aspects of her or she was part of a trinity of war goddesses, with Badb and Macha. The hero Cu Chulainn rejected her because he failed to recognize her. When he died, Morrigan sat on his shoulder as a crow. Cernunnos is a horned (stag) god associated with fertility. You'll find more in 'A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology' by James McKillop.
Then, of course, there's Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' – all 15 books of it…….