Sequana of the Seine: The Origin and Persistence of Celtic Water Mythology, curated by Katie Hearsey


Have you ever wondered why you throw a coin into a fountain to make a wish? Or have you pondered why in an increasingly secularized society so many children are still baptized? By examining the  river goddess Sequana and the site of her shrine at the Source of the Seine, I hope to divulge how Celtic rituals and beliefs have fueled our own societal views on the historical and mystical healing properties of water.



The Progressive Role of Sequana in Celtic Water Rituals

By exploring a little background history of the Celts, the excavation of the Source of the Seine, the goddess Sequana herself, and modern interpretations of said goddess, the magical properties of water arise as a Celtic tradition that has been passed down to future generations.

Catalogue Entries: Objects of Water Mythology

My catalogue entries contain images of the Source of the Seine, different artistic representations of Sequana, and comparanda including maps and sites of water-related worship. The comparison of these images helped me formulate opinions on why the Celts were so fascinated by water, mother goddesses, and how their respect for these healing properties persists into modern life.


In chronological order from oldest to newest are a list of sources I used to aid in my research on the River Goddess Sequana and her domicile at the Source of the Seine.