Moccus
AKA Mercury Moccus
M. the Boar

Continental god; his name means "boar" or "pig." The pig was a divine animal in Celtic myth, said to have come from the Otherworld, usually as a gift of the Lord of the Otherworld to a particularly good king. The boar hunt is as much a part of Celtic myth as the cattle raid; Arthur and Fionn in particular have early myths associated with this sport. In other places, such as the Mabinogion, there is no mention of Druids, yet "swineherds" are held up as advisors to the kings--again, this could be indicative of the divine place of the pig in Celtic myth.


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