Nechtan is an ancient Irish water deity, Keeper of the Well of Wisdom. Only Nechtan and his three cup bearers were permitted near the well, no one else. Nechtan’s wife Boann, defied this taboo, visiting the well with fatal consequences. The name Nechtan, deriving from a root word meaning “to wash,” was once very popular, shared by several Pictish kings as well as a saint associated with a holy well.
Sacred site: His well, Sidhe Nechtan, source of the Boyne River
See also: Boann; Nixie
From the Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses – Written by : Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.
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