Moritasgus is a Celtic god worshipped in Gaul; he was honored at thermal springs and healing waters and is thus a healing deity.

He was sometimes identified by the Romans with their god Apollo by way of the interpretatio romana, likely due to his association with healing.

Moritasgus is usually accompanied by a consort, Damona, also a healing deity. (For her part, Damona is elsewhere accompanied by another consort, most often Borvo.)


Moritasgus received votive and dedicatory offerings from his worshippers; apart from this, little is known of the specifics of his cult. As a healing god, he received anatomical votive offerings from devotees in the shape of arms, legs, eyes or whatever body part required healing.

The origin of Moritasgus’ name is uncertain; one suggestion is that it is derived from the Gaulish *mori- or “sea” and *tasgo- or “badger.” Another possibility is that it comes from (again) *mori- or “sea” and the Indo-European *sag or “to seek.” So, “Sea Badger” or “Sea Seeker” have both been considered but there is no definitive answer.

Moritasgus was worshipped in Alesia, at Alise-Sainte-Reine in France.

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Alise-Sainte-Reine, France