Abnoba is a Celtic god worshipped in Gaul, in what is now Germany. She may have been a mountain and/or river deity and is very likely a goddess of hunters and wild beasts.
Abnoba was sometimes identified by the Romans with their goddess Diana by way of the interpretatio romana. Like Diana, she has been depicted as a huntress, accompanied by a dog who has caught a hare or rabbit.
Abnoba received votive and dedicatory offerings from her worshippers; otherwise little is known of the specifics of her cult.
The origin of Abnoba’s name is uncertain but may derive from the Proto-Celtic *abon or “river.”
Abnoba was worshipped primarily near the edge of the Black Forest.
Tacitus in his Germania speaks of Abnoba as the name of a mountain which is the source of the Danube river. How the goddess relates to the mountain is uncertain.
Alpirsbach, Germany; Badenweiler, Germany; Cannstatt, Germany; Karlsruhe-Muhlburg, Germany; Muhlenbach, Germany; Pforzheim, Germany; Rotenburg, Germany; Stettfield, Germany; Waldmossingen, Germany.