Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Banba


I became fascinated with goddesses in college while taking a women's studies course at Sonoma State University. I am an Irish American and was drawn to Banba because she is at the center of Irish Mythology as the Earth Mother, representing the spirit of Ireland, and was the wife of King MacCuill. She was thought to be the first settler in Ireland. She is part of a trinity of goddesses, she, Eriu, and Fodla. Banba is a poetic name for Ireland. Banba also protected the land from invaders. Throughout my life I have called upon her for inspiration and solace. I have drawn her many times and last night she showed up again! She is depicted with a Claddagh on her forehead. Her earing is a Celtic spiral.