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A dolmen deity is the name given by archaeologists to a humanoid figure sometimes seen in the megalithic art cut into the walls of chamber tombs in western Europe, especially those of Symbolkeramik users in Spain.


The figures are highly stylised but usually unmistakably female, with breasts and necklaces common attibutes. In some cases, the representation consists of only a pair of eyes or eyebrows, known as the oculus motif. The most detailed images appear on French statue menhirs and the gallery graves of the Seine-Oise-Marne culture such as that at Courjeonnet.


They are interpreted as being images of an Earth mother, underworld goddess and/or fertility symbol.


See also Venus figurine


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Celtic Religion in Pre-Christian Times: online ebook (11875 words)
Several deities are identified with Mars, and of these some of the most noticeable names are Albiorix (world-king), Caturix (battle-king), Dunatis (the god of the fort), Belatucadrus (the brilliant in war), Leucetius (the god of lightning), Mullo (the mule), Ollovidius (the all-knowing) Vintius (the wind-god), and Vitucadrus (the brilliant in energy).
These deities are essentially the presiding deities of certain healing-springs and health-resorts, and the growth of their worship into popularity is a further striking index to the development of religion side by side with certain aspects of civilisation.
The preoccupation of the Celtic mind with the deities of his scenery, his springs, his rivers, his seas, his forests, his mountains, his lakes, was in thorough keeping with the tenour of his mind, when tuned to its natural surroundings.
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