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Boar - Celtic Animals by Illahie Boar - Celtic Animals by Illahie
The wild boar is one of the most respected animals by Celtic warriors. With it’s imposing shape and size, the boar demands respect. Its strength and ferociousness in battle made it a well loved icon for warriors. Often featuring on shields and weapons, they hoped it would give them a fraction of energy from this animal.
 
Boars were also associated with feasts and abundance. The Irish sea-god Manannán  possessed magical boars, which could be eaten one day, and they’d re-appear the next, ready to be eaten again. They can therefor also be considered a symbol of rebirth.
 
The Boar will help you face difficult challenges in your life, and battle them to ensure victory.
 
Item is available as Silver and Gold pendant, (approx 25mm tall); [link]

Or on apparel items; [link]


And for all you tea drinkers and coffee slurpers, there's also a mug available; [link]

We'll look into the deeper meaning of another fascinating Celtic creature later this week.
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Cynothoglys Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
Didn't Thor have some goats that did the same thing?
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Illahie Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I believe so indeed. There are a lot of similarities between the Celtic and Norse deities, but there's a lot of similarities all over really :)
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Cynothoglys Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
There are! the celts kept heads immersed in oil!
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annipannipytti Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008
Boars are awesome! I really admire what they represent =)
That thing about the boars being reborn to be eaten once again reminds me of a boar, Saehrimnir, in the Norse mythology that is killed every night to feed the einherjar (warriors) and the gods in Valhalla, but is ressurected the following day. There probably is a connection, especially since the name Saehrimnir means "sooty sea-beast".
Great design work!! :heart:
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Illahie Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
There are some striking resemblances between Celtic and Norse mythology, and some even suggest that Loki is simply the same as Lugh. It's amazing to see such a connection between the two :)

And thank you!
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annipannipytti Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008
Yeah, isn't it? =)
Anytime!
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sailortitan Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
BOOOOOAAAAARRRRRR!!!!!!!!

I love boars. So badass!!! Yeah, kick their asses, boars!!! Maybe I'll get the T-shirt. I think boar would be my totem. 'Cause..um...I'm stubborn, and uh....boars kick ass. Boars kick ass!!! (ph33r my logic...)
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Illahie Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Makes perfect sense to me ;) I'm much the same, especially on the stubbornness!
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sailortitan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yeah, I'll also eat just about anything. ;)

I went ahead and bought a boar T-shirt. Boars represent!
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Illahie Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Let me know what you think of it when it arrives :D
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