Vercana is a Celtic goddess worshipped in Gaul. Her worship at healing springs indicates the possibility that she was honored as a healing goddess, while some possible interpretations of her name suggest that she may have been a goddess of war and battle, especially the rage or fury of battle.


Vercana received votive and dedicatory offerings from her worshippers; otherwise little is known of the specifics of her cult.

The origin of Vercana’s name is uncertain; several different root words have been suggested, including the Indo-European *wergo or “to turn” which might reference the turns and twists of a river, or perhaps the Proto-Celtic *werga or “fury” which would suggest that she may be a goddess of battle.

Vercana was known in the Moselle valley, in modern France and Germany.

Literary evidence

Archaeological evidence
Ernstviller, Germany; Bad Bertrich near Trier, Germany