Gwen Teirbron

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Saint Gwen Teirbron (French: Blanche; Latin: Alba Trimammis or Candida; possibly English: Wite) was a Breton holy woman and wife of Saint Fragan who supposedly lived in the 6th century. Her epithet is Welsh for '(of the) three breasts'.

Veneration[edit]

Popular devotion interpreted Gwen's unusual physical and spiritual fecundity by God's gift to her of a third breast. Her iconography naïvely followed suit. Gwen is invoked for women's fertility. She is commemorated on 3 October in the Catholic Church (although this has been transferred from Saint Candidus of Rome), and on 18 July (NS) by the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad in Australia.[1]

Possible identification[edit]

She is interpreted by Dyfed Lloyd Evans as having been a euhemerized mother goddess.[2]

Children[edit]

  • Winwaloe, son of Prince Fragan (or Fracan) and Teirbron[3][4]
  • Jacut (or James), son of Prince Fragan and Teirbron[3][4]
  • Wethenoc (or Gwethenoc or Guethenoc), son of Prince Fragan and Teirbron[3][4]
  • Creirwy (or Creirvy), daughter of Prince Fragan and Teirbron[3]
  • Cadfan, son of Eneas Ledewig (or Aeneas of Brittany) and Teirbron[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Canberra Parish of the Russian Orthodox Church (Abroad). Brief Lives of Saints, 2007.
  2. ^ Nemeton: Gwen Teir Bron
  3. ^ a b c d Butler, Alban. The lives of the fathers, martyrs, and other principal saints, volume 1, p. 275 (Henry & Co. 1857).
  4. ^ a b c Baring-Gould, Sabine and Fisher, John. The Lives of the British Saints: The Saints of Wales and Cornwall and Such Irish Saints as Have Dedications in Britain, Volume 3, p. 38 (1911).
  5. ^ Baring-Gould, Sabine and Fisher, John. The Lives of the British Saints: The Saints of Wales and Cornwall and Such Irish Saints as Have Dedications in Britain, Volume 2, p. 9 (C. J. Clark, 1908).