Welcome to Brigid’s Forge

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Welcome to my musings on Brigid and related topics!

Pigs, Ireland and Brigid

Pigs have always been important in Ireland, primarily as a food source, but for all sorts of other reasons as well. Most people are familiar with the Irish breakfast, which is heavily pig-based, and bloody delicious as well, but why is Brigid linked with pigs in the Lebor Gabala Erenn? Why is the king of…

What is a hagiography?

I mention Brigid’s hagiography a lot in my writing. And it’s mostly Cogitosus and Bethu Brigte I talk about. This is because Cogitosus is the earliest Life we have available to us readily and the Bethu Brigte is the earliest one using Irish, albeit it Old Irish, rather than the modern Irish I speak. I…

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