God of The Carnutes Tribe.
We don’t have much to go on with this god only a single inscription, on a bronze figurine of a prancing horse. It reads “sacred to the god Rudiobus”. It was found at Neuvy-En-Sullias (Loiret).
Horses were linked to many other Celtic deities, including the sky gods and also the Celtic version of Mars, Jupiter and apollo.
The southern Gaulish war god Rudianus could be linked with our god Rudiobus.
The name “Rudiobus” may refer to the color red. As Rudianus means red. So our god may have to do with the color red. red referring to blood?. We are unsure.
Horses where a symbol of the Aristocratic warrior elites. These folks held high levels of power in Gaulish Society. The Horse was revered because of its qualities of Beauty, speed, Sexual vigor. Fertility was also acknowledged. It had great economic importances aswell. They held great significance in Gaulish spiritual belief. The horse was seen as a solar symbol.
The horseman or Horsewoman was an important figure within the Gaulish society. we see them on Gaulish coins from the many tribes. Many sanctuaries were furnished with images of the mounted warrior. As there seems to have been a very important horse cult among the Gauls. We can see how much the hose played a very important part of Gaulish Culture.
As I do see him as a Celtic mars. I don’t see him as just a war god. I see him as the essence of the horse. The balance between man and beast. To brake, a horse took some courage as it is in a sense a battle between you and the Horse but a battle for both of you to understand one another.
The horse was looked at in awe as it such a majestic animal that we learned how to use in or day to day lives. We could travel to faraway places and experience new things. We learned to use them to help cultivate the lands and make our workloads less.
We could make the battlefields more fierce as the thundering of the hooves shooke the lands as they went riding forwards.
As the horse still remained free in our care but wild at the same time.
to become a good horse rider in all things took time and dedication.
and I’m sure that for a tribe like the carnutes as they were a central spot for gatherings and trade that many horses rode through there. The Carnutes may have been a horse training and trading location.
The god within the Horse.