Not a Sovereignty Goddess Picture
Really wasn’t sure about this picture, I didn’t like it much to begin with and I wasn’t so keen on finishing it. :/ As you can see, quite a few parts of the picture have been cut off because I got really bothered by the mistakes that I could see. But at the same time, it was my first time attempting a flower crown and I really liked how it came out.
Is there a context to this picture? Course there is but I’m debating writing it all out because this picture really doesn’t do justice to what I wanted to share with you guys and I feel I could do a much better image illustrating what I’m presenting here. I might as well give you a bit of the context still, just know that I may withhold information becaise I want to draw a better picture/comic to elaborate on this subject.
So to answer the question, yes Iron Age Ireland here is having to pretend he is a girl. Why? I was one day just thinking “What if Ireland’s druids were really huge dicks and pressured Ireland into acting as a sovereignty goddess?”
Who has heard of the term “sovereignty myth” before? It’s a theme that appears in Celtic mythology a lot, basically stories that display the sovereignty myth are generally about a man who meets a mysterious woman and through either marrying her or marrying her and then having either real or imagined sex with her, would discover the woman was the physical representation of a land and he just became ruler of that land. In the case of Ireland here, since he is just a child and a boy for that matter, I think he thankfully would have never been expected to actually play out the part of a sovereignty goddess. At worst he would have had to symbolically marry the man who would then rule his lands but since Iron Age Ireland was never unified politically, it wouldn’t have happened. So it was just me having fun putting a flower crown on Ireland and making him look really uncertain about what the hell is going on. There have been stories though of a woman turning out to be Ireland, some even make the case that the character Queen Medb of Connacht may have started out as a physical representation of land. (if not Ireland, then Connacht) This is evidenced by a motif that follows these kind of stories, the pouring of wine into a cup while revealing your true nature. There are a few stories where the woman reveals who she really is whilst pouring wine into a cup and then giving it to the husband or husband-to-be. We sadly lack the context of why the act of pouring wine into a cup was so significant to the Celts but it certainly seems to have been rather important and was associated with revealing who you really were.
I’ll stop there because I want to make a picture that will better illustrate this myth because it’s really interesting, it does have a bit of a creepy undertone unfortunately (one that I have not touched here and has nothing to do with representations of land) but it is a topic that interests me because these myths carry with them a cultural continuity that is older than the Celts themselves. That’s all I will say for now.