Rhiannon

http://feminismandreligion.com/2013/03/13/rhiannon-goddess-of-birds-and-horses/

Rhiannon painting by Judith Shaw

What I plan on writing my final paper on is the honor that Rhiannon beholds, even though as a female character her nobility is constantly looked over. She is the most noble character in “Pwyll Pendefig Dyfed” and continues to show her honor in “Manawydan, the son of Llŷr”. The article above is just a short summary of Rhiannon’s role in the Mabinogion. I believe she is the most honorable character, but due to her femininity she is disgraced in her most noble moments. Men, in the same scenarios, would come out on top and not be left to carry people up and down a hill like a horse. I do not know if this is what the author intended. I believe the author unintentionally made Rhiannon such an honorable character. Through a patriarchal view, Rhiannon is not as noble as her male counterparts, but if a modern approach is taken to the reading, then it is seen that she is the only character with any guts or common sense.

 

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2 thoughts on “Rhiannon

  1. I believe that most all of the stories of the Celtic Goddesses reflect the ever increasing denigration of women in the patriarchal world view as it and then Christianity grew in power in Medieval Europe. Before the changing of world views the Goddesses were full of power and agency.
    If you have not read Evangeline Walton’s “The Mabinogion Tetralogy” you might like to check it out. She really expresses the power of the Goddesses and the sadness of the loss of the Old Religion.

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