Tarvos Trigaranos

Tarvos Trigaranos (or Ta is a Celtic god worshipped in Gaul; he is known primarily from an inscription on the Pillar of the Boatman, a dedicatory stone he shares with several other deities including Esus. On it is depicted a bull behind a tree, with three cranes perched on his back. This unusual iconography appears as well on a stone discovered in Trier, Germany, as does the woodcutter imagery of his companion, Esus.

Unknown. The image of the bull with three cranes and the woodcutter Esus may refer to some long-lost Gaulish myth, but there is no way to know for certain.

Tarvos Trigaranos received at least one dedicatory offering from his worshippers (the Pillar of the Boatman discovered in what is now Paris, France); apart from this, little is known of the specifics of his cult.

Tarvos Trigaranos’ name is derived from the Proto-Celtic *tarwo- or “bull,” *tri- or “three,” and garan- or “crane”; thus, the literal meaning of Tarvos Trigaranos is “bull with three cranes.”

Tarvos Trigaranos is known to have been worshipped at two sites, at what is now Paris, France and Trier, Germany.

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Archaeological evidence
Paris, France; Trier, Germany.