One of the three aspects of the Morrigan, a trio of sisters who are goddesses of battle, the land, horses, and poetry. In The Second Battle of Magh Turedh, Badb (here identified as the Morrigan) sleeps with the Dagda, and prophecies that the Tuatha De Danann will win against the Fomorians. She also gives a prophecy of the end of the world.
Her name is related to the Gaulish war goddess Cathbodva.
More on Badb and her relationship to the Morrigan will be found at that entry.
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