Chants & Music

Cathubodua Gaulish Invocation Chant

 

Cathubodua, canu ni risu

Cathurigan, cingethrigan, marethrigan, taran cruach

Battle raven, we sing to you

Queen of battle, Queen of warriors, Queen of the slain, bloody storm

Words by Morpheus Ravenna. Music by Morpheus Ravenna, Rynn Fox and Amelia Hogan. It should be noted that the words of this chant were received and arranged based on oracular inspiration and using a reconstructed version of Gaulish; it is understood that the language of this chant is liturgical, and not perfectly historically accurate Gaulish. This chant is sung in multiple harmonic parts, with the first and second lines interwoven. A recording demonstrating the music of the chant is available for download here.


 

Morrígan Invocation Chant

 

Mórrígan mórda, nobered búaid

Ban a sídib, ban-cháinti, ban-túaithech, día sóach

Mighty Great Queen, bringer of victory

Woman of the fairy mound, poetess, sorceress, shapeshifting Goddess

Words by Morpheus Ravenna. Music by Morpheus Ravenna, Rynn Fox and Amelia Hogan. This chant is sung in multiple parts, using the same melodic and harmonic structure written for the Gaulish invocation chant above.


 

Badb Catha Invocation Chant

 

Badb catha, bean sidhe, lamia, bean nighe

Battle crow, fairy woman, fury, washer at the ford

Words by Morpheus Ravenna. This chant is intoned rhythmically, or with spontaneous melody as inspired. Strictly speaking, the Furies are distinct from the lamiae in Classical mythology; we use the term “fury” here in a more  general sense of a war-fury, as seen in some of the early Irish texts.


 

Morrigan Chant (Sharon Knight)

 

Beansidhe, Beansidhe, keening at the well

Who do you claim as you loose the gates of Hell?

The souls of the slain called from your shrieking lips

Your chosen plucked from life with icy fingertips

Oh screaming hag that rides the wind, bring my love to me

For I would see his face again on this Hallows Eve

You wash the soul right from the skin, deliver us from life

Our spirits are renewed in the velvet womb of night

 

Counterpoint (also used as a stand-alone chant):

Morrigan of the raven wing, yours the song the slain do sing

Mighty queen of forgotten things, open up the gate

Words and music by Sharon Knight (Used with permission for Coru Priesthood. For music, visit Sharon Knight’s page.)


 

Battle Chant (T. Thorn Coyle)

 

Kings arise to the battle!

Queens arise to the battle!

We rise up! With the power of the spear.

Rise up! With the strength of the sword.

Rise up! With the courage in our hearts.

Rise Up! Rise!!!

Words and music by T. Thorn Coyle. Written for Morrígan Devotional, PantheaCon 2011. Used with permission.


 

Macha Invocation Chant

 

Macha, great Sun of womanhood | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha, greatness of wealth | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha greatness of pride | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha, white shining royal mare | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha who calls forth horses to the race | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha, warhorse of the hero’s chariot | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha, swelling breasts of the rich land | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha, shaper of fortress heights | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha, bright plain defended by warriors | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha first ancestor’s daughter | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha of the birthing pangs | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha mother of heralded twins | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha, red-maned warrior | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha who revels in red slaughter | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha, your harvest the heads of the slain | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha sister of the dreaded three | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha red-painted sorceress | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha whose rage is the curse of tribes | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha who gives battle for sovereignty | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha seven years reigning | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha, bride of Sovereignty | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha whose memory stands among Kings | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha whose name is the battlefield | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha the name of the place of assembly | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha, greatness of wealth | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha greatness of pride | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Macha, great Sun of womanhood | Macha, mighty Queen, Macha, mighty Queen

Words by Morpheus Ravenna. This chant is designed as a call and response; each line given as a call, with a repeating response line. It is is intoned rhythmically or with spontaneous melody.

 

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