A) The Purveyors of Intoxicating Drinks

Even though there are very few surviving examples of such practices among the Celtic peoples, it is possible to assert that intoxication held a very important place in the religious life of the Celts, for the names of several Celtic goddesses - known from inscriptions discovered in Britain and Gaul and from Irish literature - refer to sacred intoxication by means of alcoholic beverages and more particularly by mead.