Belisama

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In Celtic polytheism, Belisama or Bηλησαμα (Bēlēsama) was a goddess worshipped in Gaul and Britain. She was connected with lakes and rivers, fire, crafts and light. Belisama was identified with Minerva/Athena and has been compared with Brigid. She has been claimed to be the consort of Belenus,[1] with whom she shared certain attributes. Her name has been interpreted to mean "summer bright".

A Gaulish inscription found at Vaison-la-Romaine in Provence shows that a nemeton was dedicated to her:[2]

A Latin inscription from Saint-Lizier, Aquitania (in antiquity, Consoranni) associates her with Minerva:[4]

Placenames

The River Ribble in England was known by the name Belisama in Roman times.[5] Ptolemy lists a Belisama estuary at coordinates which correspond to the mouth of the Ribble.

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