Baphomet – A Note on the Name III

detail_788619

Tradition tells of a community who venerated the goddess in an area of what is now North Scotland. This community is believed to have comprised of the ancestors of ‘The Picts’, and they were based around the River Oykel. The Latinized form of their name, given by Ptolemy, was Smertae, which means ‘stained’ or ‘smeared folk’.

The name by which this community knew the goddess is not recorded, but in Gaulish inscriptions there is reference to a war goddess named Rosmerta. Her name translates as ‘the greatly smeared goddess’ – that is, smeared with blood. It is quite possible that the Smertae were connected with her worship, and they were said to smear themselves with the blood of their enemies, in her honor.

Interestingly, another community which lived near the region of the Smertae during the same era, was known by a name which translates as the ‘cat people’. (See Note on the Name II)

ona10

-Order of Nine Angles-

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: