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The British god Nodens is associated above all with the great sanctuary at Lydney (though he also appears at Cockersand Moss in Cumbria).

Two other British deities, Cocidius and Belatucadrus, were both Martial gods and were each worshipped in a clearly defined territories in the area of Hadrian’s Wall.

In characteristic Roman fashion, Caesar does not refer to these figures by their native names but by the names of the Roman gods with which he equated them, a procedure that greatly complicates the task of identifying his Gaulish deities with their counterparts in the insular literatures.

He also presents a neat schematic equation of god and function that is quite foreign to the vernacular literary testimony.

After him the Gauls honoured Apollo, who drove away diseases, Mars, who controlled war, Jupiter, who ruled the heavens, and Minerva, who promoted handicrafts.

He adds that the Gauls regarded Dis Pater as their ancestor.

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Yet he was also exported to other areas: Lenus has altars set up to him in Chedworth in Gloucestershire and Caerwent in Wales.

In all, several hundred names containing a Celtic element are attested in Gaul.

The majority occur only once, which has led some scholars to conclude that the Celtic gods and their cults were local and tribal rather than national.

There are many other gods whose names may betray origins as topographical spirits.

Vosegus presided over the mountains of the Vosges, Luxovius over the spa-settlement of Luxeuil and Vasio over the town of Vaison in the Lower Rhône Valley.It is sometimes possible to identify regional, tribal, or sub-tribal divinities.