Top 10 wine gods and goddesses

11th January, 2013 by Rupert Millar

7. Sucellus

Sucellus_MAN_St_Germain copyA return to Europe now for this Celtic god. Sucellus was especially revered in Gaul and Lusitania (modern day Portugal) and was a god of the forest, agriculture and beer.

He is usually shown carrying a beer barrel attached to a pole or a libation cup. He was also regarded as something of a smith hence the hammer, and the etymology of his name is thought to derive from the Celtic for “good striker”, the suffix su being commonly used for something well done and cellos “to strike”.

He occasionally appears with his wife, Nantosuelta, in carved reliefs, where they appear as the epitome of marital bliss.

 

5 Responses to “Top 10 wine gods and goddesses”

  1. Robert says:

    It seems that the ancients knew to mix alcohol consumption and sex.

  2. Wes says:

    You missed out Jesus. Turned water into wine… and told us to drink it in memory of him.

    • A learned Pagan says:

      However, he himself is not a god. Kind of has to be to make the list.

      • A learned Pagan says:

        Granted, he is a part of a (monotheistic by name only) pantheon in which he is the SON of a god. Making him by definition a demi-god. He however turned water into wine, but was never named or claimed as a deity of drink.

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