The name itself appears only in one instance – on the Pillar of Boatmen, built in the 1st century and recovered from under Notre-Dame de Paris on 6 March 1710, during a construction of a crypt under the nave.
The pillar would be of utmost importance to European Pagans or, in fact, to anyone interested in our past, because of its other engravings.
The Pillar of Boatmen (French Pilier des nautes) not only sheds light on Celtic and Gallic deity names, it also physical evidence pointing at the common European Pagan religion’s existence – one of a few such instances. Everything else we can only deduct from linguistic and comparative studies – and as valuable and enlightening those may be, they are far from enough to convince some people as to the false nature and Christian origin of their knowledge of Pagan beliefs.
On the Pillar, there are engravings and inscriptions of the following Gods: Cernunnos, Iovis (Jupiter), Fortuna with Iuno, Smertrios , Esus, Castor, Taruos Trigaranus, Eurises, Mars with Venus, Pollux, Volcanus, Mercurius with Rosmerta. Clearly the inscriptions mingle Roman and Gallic names Gods – and note that the Gaulish theonyms are deity names in their own right, and not epithets for Roman Gods, as would be the case in some other notable examples.
Since the Pillar was built after the Romans invaded Gaul, it might be that the sculptors attempted to include both Latin and Gaulish languages so that both cultures are represented – as the Pillar depicted a common European religion, changing the name didn’t change the concept at all. Just like the criminal Czech saint Vojtěch may be called Adalbert in most other European countries, it doesn’t change his criminal story or the justice he received from Prussian Pagans, changing the names of Pagan Gods doesn’t mean they belong to a different pantheon.
Another important matter is the image of Cernunnos himself, found on many sites across Europe – all effigies depict him as a horned, cross-legged human figure. Throughout history, all followers of the Abrahamic religions adapted the pantheon of a rival religion – and they saw any religion they came in contact with as rival – and turned it into diabolical symbols of evil in their own mythology.
First the tribes of Judea have done so with non-Judaic Semitic deities – and so Baal, Beelzebub, Moloch and others have become demons of Hell and symbols of most horrific evils one could think of. Then the same was done to Mesopotamian deities – and so Baal-Peor (or Belphegor) and others were also demonized. In addition, the name of the city of Babylon is to this day synonymous with sodomy and sinfulness. A Jew keeps his grudge, real or imagined.
Next in line was the European Pagan religion. Since, contrary to popular belief, Romans did not persecute the Jews nearly as harshly as Philistines and Assyrians before them, and usually just punished them for their terrorist activities throughout the Empire – like abduction, murder and cannibalistic consumption of non-Jewish children – something that served as an initiation ritual, similar, although significantly more horrific, to the modern mafia initiations. Basically once you committed such a heinous crime, the society would never accept you again, so the Jews knew for sure you were now one of them. Organized crime today works in the same manner.
Lesser crimes like denying that Caesar should rule over them, since they are superior people chosen by God and should never be ruled by a non-Jew, were also punished, but again – the persecution of Jews in Rome was far less severe and less universal, being usually connected with specific crimes, than in the ancient Near East. With time, Jews were allowed to function more and more freely within the Roman Empire, which resulted in spreading of their genocidal cult by means one could only describe as extreme and inhumane terrorism, and ultimately in Christianization of the Roman Emperor – the despotic tyrant Constantine around 315, who, judging by his character, enjoyed their methods.
Inevitably, Western Roman Empire, rotten from within by the Abrahamic terrorist sect, fell in 476 after a period of dramatic decline. This could perhaps explain why it took more time for the Galilean (I’m using Emperor Julian’s terminology here) zealots and their followers to demonize the European deities – they just weren’t such a big threat in the beginning.
Nevertheless the sole existence of such fierce and proud tribes as the Carnutes (meaning The Horned Ones) – powerful people in the heart of independent Gaul – and myriads of other strong Pagan reactionaries made the Christian terrorists feel that they had to repeat the process once more in order to establish full dominance and control both politically and religiously. To make sure that no-one ever thought of his heritage as something noble. And so eventually the cross-legged, horned figure as well as the Pagan symbol of a pentagrammatic star was, and still is today, the most popular depiction of the Christian Devil and the diabolical forces, used centuries later in the trial against the Order of the Temple and on many other occasions.
I’d like to remind you that the last execution by the Holy Inquisition was carried out in 1834 – so not that long ago, and that the institution itself exists to this day under the name of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The renowned English archaeologist Margaret Alice Murray in her book The Witch-cult in Western Europe: A Study in Anthropology writes that the Horned God, the Inquisition’s “Devil”, worshiped by these so-called “witches” and the “men lured by their erotic charm” was in fact a Pagan God, and these brave Pagans continued the ancient tradition of their kin to modern times. So the cult was never eradicated. It’s alive.
HAIL THE EUROPEAN GODS! SPLENDOR SOLIS!