Bricta


Bricta

In Gallo-Roman religion, Bricta or Brixta was a Gaulish goddess who was a consort of Luxovius, god of the waters of Luxeuil-les-Bains (in antiquity, "Luxovium"). Nicholson (1999) has suggested however that if "Bricta is a title incorporating Bríg, it may actually be a title assigned to Sirona rather than a separate goddess".

Inscriptions

Bricta is recorded in the following inscriptions from Luxeuil-les-Bains :

:" [Lus] soio / et Brictae / Divixti/us Cons/tans / v(otum) s(olvit) (ibens) m(erito)":"To Lusso(v)ios and Bricta, Divixtius Constans freely and deservedly fulfilled his vow." (CIL 13, 05425)

:"Luxovio / et Brixtae / G(aius) Iul(ius) Fir/manus / v(otum) s(olvit) l(ibens) m(erito)":"To Luxovios and Brixta, Gaius Julius Firmans freely and deservedly fulfilled his vow." (AE 1951, 00231; CIL 13, 05426)

Etymology

This Gaulish is derived from the word "brixtom" or "brixta" meaning magic. The word also appears on the inscription of Chamalières. (Delamarre pp.76-77 with references and comparative etymology)

References

* "Année Epigraphique" volume 1951.
* Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum (CIL), volume 13, "Tres Galliae."
* Delamarre, X. (2003). "Dictionaire de la Langue Gauloise." 2nd edition. Paris, Editions Errance. ISBN 2-87772-237-6
* Nicholson, Francine (1999) "Brighid: What Do We Really Know?". [http://www.applewarrior.com/celticwell/ejournal/imbolc/brighid.htm Celtic Well, electronic version] .


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