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Celtic Goddess of the Home

Nantosuelta was the consort of Sucellos, the God of Agriculture. Her name means ' Winding River' though her attributes do not show her as a water-deity. Chief amongst these is her little house, usually depicted on a long pole like a sceptre of some kind. Other associated objects include a bird, a bee-hive and honeycombs. The latter certainly have homely connotations and she therefore appears to haev been a goddess of hearth and house, well-being and prosperity. Like her husband, she also had nourishment and fertility aspects and sometimes carried a cornucopia. In Britain, she is probably to be found depicted on a small stone from East Stoke in Nottinghamshire. Her partner is clearly Sucellus. The goddess shown has bushy hair and carries a bowlful of apples.      Copyright ©1999, LLC