- The term Rhiannon redirects here. For other meanings, please see Rhiannon (disambiguation).
The Cult of Rhiannon is the Selkie-Pagan Cult dedicated to the worship of the Goddess Rhiannon, the Goddess of Horses and Fertility and the most important goddess of the Selkie-Pantheon. The principle temple of the Cult is in the City of Fortham, one of her most important shrines in Chorn. Most of the Selkie pray to this Goddess.
Her aspects include Fertility of both livestock, humans and fields, Harvests, Religious Ecstasy, Horses and Horsemanship. She is often associated with apples, especially red ones.
The Geansai of the Cult's Servants is all-white.
Rhiannon is the daughter of Suigne, the God of Grasslands, and Searc, the Goddess of Love. She has many children, with her Uncle Manhann she has Bebhion (Goddess of Mountain Flowers), with her other Uncle Tuicreo she has various monsters and with her son-in-law Ladra, she has the Weather Gods.
Legends say, that Rhiannon rides a horse, white as snow, hooves as steel and legs like trees, while she herself is said to be a beautiful woman with golden hair and unmatched skill with the lance. It is also said, that even the fastest horses can't catch up to hers, even if it's just trotting around. This is why she is sometimes called the Fastest Rider.
Rhiannon is often associated with apples, especially red ones, as they are, in traditional myths and legends harbingers of good health, fertility, longlivety and a favourite food of horses (the latter not only in myth). In Selkie-Cuisine, apples play an important role as well, almost to the point of a staple food.
Rhiannon is usually characterized as a fun-loving woman and, as one analysis put it, "everyone's Cool Big Sis, especially as far as the younger deities and some spirits are concerned." As a fertility goddess, she gave birth to several other deities and entities.
Compare and contrast to Carman Fea.
History of the Cult
Temples of Rhiannon are in many larger cities, but smaller shrines can be found in every village and sometimes every stable, the preference of the more rural areas towards her prevailing to this day.