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[Romano-Gaulish, fair, shining one; bright, beautiful one].

God venerated in Roman-occupied north Britain, especially in what is now Cumberland and Westmorland; he seems to have been propitiated by the humbler solider and non-Roman civilian. The different spellings of his name may testify to his worshippers' low rate of literacy. His name makes him comparable to Belenus, while the Romans equated him with Mars. His name may be another version of Cocidius, and his altars are comparable to those of Vitiris. Some commentators see him as a forerunner of Bendigeidfran or Bran the Blessed.

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