Veica

Etymology:

De Bernardo Stempel puts forth the origin of Veica’s name as *weik-ā, which she explains as “the fighting One”, from the root *weik-.[1] York explains this word as “a root-notion [in which] the ideas of both battle and wonder-working [are combined].”[2]

Function:

De Bernardo Stempel calls Her a “battle goddess.”[3] In light of the etymology of Her name, this seems more than appropriate.

In Practice:

It is clear through etymological analysis and comparison with similar goddesses[4] the role that Veica serves within Bessus Noricon. She is a protectress and a worker of miracles in battle. From Her comes the strength for tremendous feats of combat or athleticism!

Interpretatio:

Although unattested in antiquity, likely Victory or Bellona.

Iconography:

None attested, although any typical symbology of war deities can be imagined.

Artistic interpretation inspired by Selgowiros’ Vicansa

Sources

  1. Die in Noricum Belegten Gottheiten by Patrizia de Bernardo Stempel, 2005, p. 22

  2. Toward a Proto-Indo-European Vocabulary of the Sacred by M. York, 1993, 241

  3. Die in Noricum Belegten Gottheiten by Patrizia de Bernardo Stempel, 2005, p. 22

  4. cf. Uicansa/ Wīgansa/Vihansa by Selgowiros Caranticnos on Senobessus Bolgon, 2019, accessible online here