“At one moment she was a broad-eyed, most beautiful queen,
And another time a beaked, white-grey badb”.
(Harleian manuscript 4.22)
The central tenet of Celtic religion was metempsychosis – the transmigration of the soul and its reincarnation after death (Caesar J. De Bello Gallica, Book VI, XIV). This belief is probably best summed up by the Roman poet Lucanus (1st c. AD):
While you, ye Druids, when the war was done,
To mysteries strange and hateful rites returned…
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