Erecura is a Celtic goddess worshipped in Gaul; her name is spelled several different ways including Aerecura and Herecura. She was sometimes depicted carrying a basket of fruit, a representation of abundance or fertility common to many deities.

Erecura is sometimes accompanied by the Gaulish Dis Pater, an unknown/unnamed Celtic deity identified by the Romans with their own god of that name by way of the interpretatio romana. As the Roman Dis Pater was an underworld god and the Gaulish version is likely to have been one as well, Erecura may have shared that aspect. (It is not unusual for an underworld deity also to be a god of fertility and plenty, since both are powers that reside within the earth.)


Erecura received votive and dedicatory offerings from her worshippers; apart from this, little is known of the specifics of her cult.

The source of Erecura’s name is even more than usually unclear, to the point where it is uncertain whether the name is Celtic or Germanic in origin.

Erecura had a center of worship in what is now southern Germany, but inscriptions to her have been found throughout central Europe and even in a former Roman outpost in Algeria.

Literary evidence

Archaeological evidence
Announa, Algeria (in the Roman province of Numidia); Mautern, Austria; Tongres, Belgium; Belley, France; Langres, France; Baden Wurtemburg, Germany; Cannstatt, Germany; Freinsheim, Germany; Iversheim, Germany; Mainz, Germany; Monterberg, Germany; Rottenburg, Germany; Stockstadt, Germany; Sulzbach, Germany; Xanten, Germany; Aquileia, Italy; Perouse, Italy; Rome, Italy; Beetgum, Netherlands; Sarmuzagetusa, Romania; Verespatak, Romania; Vranje, Slovenia