In Ireland and pre-Roman Britain, there was a trinity of goddesses named Brigantia, (Brigid) “the Exalted One”. Brigid is described as ‘a poetess…a goddess whom poets worshipped’, and her two sisters, both of the same name as herself, women of healing and of smith-work respectively, are also described as goddesses. A tricksterish tale surfaces in the “Life of St. Brigid”: she gets the land for her shrine and abbey from an avaricious bishop by getting him to swear that she can have as much land as her cloak will cover. Although he thinks he’s got the best of the bargain, he doesn’t know Brigid is a goddess, whose lore tells that she hung her cloak on the sun’s rays to dry. When she threw out her cloak, it spread in glittering billows for acres, and her sacred place was thus preserved. Perhaps Brigid’s most clever trick was to transform herself from a goddess into a Christian saint, thus assuring that the very Church opposing Irish paganism would perpetuate her tales and lore.

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