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Palu

Postby Willowhawk » 13 Aug 2013, 15:28

I inadvertently stumbled over a goddess completely new to me-- which makes me ashamed of my ignorance. ;) I'm not finding much about her online. Can anyone tell me more about Palu, the cat goddess?

Thank you in advance!
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Re: Palu

Postby Selene » 13 Aug 2013, 15:56

Hi, Willowhawk,

I did a little research and it appears that Palu may be an artist's invention, based on Cath Palug, the monster cat of Wales. The few mentions I found of Palu do not cite historical sources, instead making general statements that said she was associated with divination, her cults were widespread in the Celtic world (if so, why is there so little information about her?), she is a mother-goddess, etc., and generally quoting each other. Very attractive legend to us cat people (I wish there were something to it!), but I'm afraid the folks in this thread: http://celticmyths.livejournal.com/59372.html have the right idea. (To any Celtic scholars out there, I would be happy to be corrected if I've mis-analyzed what I read!)
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Re: Palu

Postby Willowhawk » 13 Aug 2013, 18:05

Ah, Selene, that's what my cursory look revealed as well... Pity. Oh, well. Thank you for checking!

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Re: Palu

Postby DaRC » 14 Aug 2013, 12:45

You can always look to the Norse Love Goddess Freyja, as one of the Vanir (or Nature deitiies of the Norse - as opposed to the Aesir who are tribal deities) I've always wondered whether the Vanir deities represent the early Celtic influence on the development of Germanic culture in ancient times (-100 BCE to +100 CE).

Why Freyja? Well her Chariot is drawn by two cats (unfortunately not named in the literature but modern authors have come up with ideas)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freyja
http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/vik_pets.shtml
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Re: Palu

Postby Aphritha » 14 Aug 2013, 18:15

And there's Bastet of the Egyptian pantheon, too... :selene:


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Re: Palu

Postby Heddwen » 14 Aug 2013, 21:03

I've asked around here and nobody seems to have heard of Palu, so I was wondering which part of Wales she originates? I come from the middle of Wales, if that's any help. I will spread my wings further if you could just point me in the right direction. :)

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Re: Palu

Postby Selene » 15 Aug 2013, 04:06

The only reference I saw to Wales was that the mythological Cath Palug was supposed to have been there. The most credible info I found on Palu seems to suggest she is a product of the imagination of Jim FitzPatrick, a contemporary artist, based on the legend of Cath Palug as related by Mary Jones at http://www.maryjones.us/jce/cathpalug.html.
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