Sucellus and Smith Gods

There are two known gods of smithing in Gaul: Gobannos and Ucuetis. Now, it’s very possible that the two are the same god with different epithets… Gobannos literally means “smith” (though it can be derived further into other proto-Celtic roots), and Ucuetis may mean “great breath”—a reference to bellows—and was worshiped by the smiths of Alesia. Gobannos is also known as Cobannos, of the rich Cobannos Hoard now displayed at the Getty Villa in California, thanks to the rule where C and G became at one time interchangeable in Gaulish. Now please stay with me as I propose a third potential god of smithing: Sucellos. This is not a theory that I’ve seen widely upheld, but I think it likely for reasons put forth below.

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3 thoughts on “Sucellus and Smith Gods

  1. Pingback: Sucellus and Smith Gods — We Are Star Stuff | Die Goldene Landschaft

    1. solsdottir Post author

      I’m glad you liked it, but it’s a reblog, so they’re someone else’s ideas. I found their argument convincing and wanted to share.

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