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Folio from Aja’ib al-makhluqat (Wonders of Creation) by al-Qazvini, early 15th century Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper H: 32.7 W: 23.0 cm Iraq or Eastern Turkey

In Ireland and pre-Roman Britain, there was a trinity of goddesses named Brigantia, (Brigid) "the Exalted One". Brigid is described as 'a poetess...a goddess whom poets worshipped', and her two sisters, both of the same name as herself, women of healing and of smith-work respectively, are also described as goddesses. A tricksterish tale surfaces in the "Life of St. Brigid": she gets the land for her shrine and abbey from an avaricious bishop by getting him to swear that she can have as much…