Bibracte is a Celtic goddess worshipped in Gaul; she was the eponymous goddess of the Gaulish city of Bibracte. As the city’s patron goddess she was certainly a protector and bringer of prosperity.
She received offerings in three wells within her city, a common practice among the Gauls; gods of wells and springs often had a healing aspect.
Bibracte received votive and dedicatory offerings from her worshippers; otherwise little is known of the specifics of her cult.
Bibracte’s name is often said to derive from the Proto-Celtic *bebro or “beaver” indicating a possible yet unknown connection to that animal. I have also seen it suggested that the name comes from the Indo-European *pibo or “drink,” suggesting a connection to springs and wells.
Tribal and other associations
Bibracte was the capital city of the Gaulish tribe, the Aedui, indicating a close association between the goddess and the tribe.
Bibracte is known from inscriptions at the city that bore her name, located in what is now central France.