Boann


Boann, Irish goddess of bounty and fertility, whose totem is the sacred white cow. She is also the goddess of the River Boyne & the daughter of Delbáeth, son of Elada, of the Tuatha Dé Danann. Her husband is variously Nechtan, Elcmar or Nuada Airgetlám. Her lover is the Dagda, by whom she had her son, Aengus. In order to hide their affair, the Dagda made the sun stand still for nine months; therefore, Aengus was conceived, gestated and born in one day.
Boann created the Boyne River. Though forbidden to by her husband, Nechtan, she approached the magical Well of Segais (also known as the Connla's Well), which was surrounded by Hazel trees. Hazelnuts were known to fall into the well, where they were eaten by the speckled salmon (who, along with hazelnuts, also embody and represent wisdom in Irish mythology). Boann challenged the power of the well by walking around it widdershins; this caused the waters to surge up violently and rush down to the sea, creating the Boyne river. In this catastrophe, she was swept along in the rushing waters, and lost an arm, leg, eye, and ultimately her life, in the flood.


 
 
 
 
 
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