Fantasy Art

Nerthus. Goddess of the Earth arrives at the sacred lake

The English brought this belief when they crossed the North Sea to the ex-Roman province of Brittania. Tacitus writes,’ There is sacred grove on an island of the ocean, and in the grove is a consecrated wain covered with cloth. Only one priest is allowed to touch it; he understands when the goddess is present in her shrine and follows with profound reverence when she is drawn away by cows. Then there are days of rejoicing: the places she considers worthy to entertain her( whenever the cows with no human driver come to a halt)-keep holiday. They do not use weapons, all iron is shut away- (peace and quiet is much valued at that time)until the priest decides the goddess should be returned to her sanctuary. Then the wain, its covering cloth and the goddess herself are then washed in a secluded lake ( and the slaves performing this duty are drowned)- since no human eye may see or touch the goddess and live’.


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Fantasy Artwork by Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor went to Ravenswood School in Kent with, amongst others, David Bowie and Peter Frampton.

He enjoyed his time in the very first specialised school-based art form from where he progressed to study fine art at Croydon College Of Art.

His paintings have been internationally exhibited and featured on BBC programmes such as Country Tracks and The One Show.He has recently had his work displayed in a feature article in 'Pagan Dawn' magazine.

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