I have mentioned this band before in the music section of this blog, but everytime I listen to one of their songs, I come to appreciate this band even more. They are very Celtic influenced and like to tell stories through their songs; mostly about the Gallish wars. The song below is titled “A Rose for Epona”. The Goddess Epona was protector of horses, donkeys, and mules. Epona was the sole Celtic diety that the Romans also worshiped. Epona and her horses were also said to be the leader of the souls into the Afterlife. This draws parrallels to Rhiannon of the Mabinogion. Rhiannon and Epona share a lot of the same attributes.
The song tells about a time when the Gallic wars broke out. The Helvetians decided to leave their homeland and migrate to the western coasts of Gaul to start a new life. At the time, the song tells about how many Helvetians had to face shattered hopes. And so does the protagonist, whose viewpoint the song was written. A young gaulish woman was part of the helvetic migration, but after the battle of Bibracte, all hopes that she and her people would ever reach their new home were torn to pieces. Her situation was desparate. In this situation the young gaulish woman despairs, can’t accept her fate and turns to her goddess Epona and accuses her for having forsaken her people. (Nuclear Blast Europe)
Historical Note: The reason the song was titled “A Rose for Epona” was that all over Gaul there were Epona temples where people traditionally offered freshly cut roses or rose petals to their goddess.