Arnemetia


A Brythonic deity: Goddess who Dwells in the Sacred Grove
This deity is known from her temple at Buxton, Derbyshire, England and is the patronness of the town's sacred and healing waters.
A Brythonic goddess whose name is derived from ar (in or on) and Nemeton (sacred grove). She was the patroness of Aquae Arnemetiae; the spring waters of modern-day Buxton, Derbyshire.

It is thought that the Corieltauvi tribe of the region worshipped the goddess in a grove near the spring.

The only evidence for a temple to this deity is a solidly-built Romano-Celtic Podium of well-dressed stone with a packed clay infill which was investigated in 1787. This platform measured 6.5m wide by 12m in length, and stood just over a metre high. Iron nails and roofing tiles suggest that the superstructure was of timber.

Arnemetia's name can be interpreted using the reconstructed proto-Celtic elements *nemeto- (sacred grove), the deicitic particle *i and the feminine ending -a. Although no root for the element ar- has yet been forthcoming it is probably related to the reconstructed proto-Indo-European element *ar- (to fit together, which is also related to the Cymric ar [within]). Thus Arnemetia's name can be interpreted as 'The Goddess who Dwells within the Sacred Grove'.



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