Celt tribes had a developed system of beliefs. Animals played an important role in
Celt cults. A boar was one of the most important animals. Initially, it was worshipped as
a manifestation of the forces of nature. Only later, did they begin to worship anthropomorphic
gods, a boar being one of their attributes. Celts admired strength, aggression,
and fertility of this animal. For that reason they worshipped it as an attribute of a war god.
The pictures of a boar were readily placed on weapons, among others, on swords and
shields. The figures presenting a boar were a popular decoration of the helmets of Celt
Celts worshipped a boar as a lunar animal. They also believed in its connections to the
spirit world. The sagas and Celt stories include numerous supernatural and magic boars
coming from the spirit world. The monuments of these animals were placed in necropolies
probably to make them perform the function of a psychopomp.
Some tribes worshipped a boar because of its connections with fertility cults and the
so called annual cycle. The very animals accompanied many gods and goddesses, as well
as played a role of sacrificial animals. The cases of boar burials similar to human burials
are also known.
Unquestionably, boars, irrespective of gender, were one of the most important animals
in Celt beliefs and traditions.