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The History of the Tuatha-De-Danann


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I found this article on http://www.gods-heros-myth.com and thought others may be interested in it. From what i have read from other sources this is a pretty accurate article. The history of the Fae/Sidhe and how the Fairies came about have always intrigued me and the fact that there is more and more evidence of some of the old myths actually being based on a lot of truth makes it even more exciting :D:D:D

 

The Tuatha De Danann/Sidhe

The Tuatha De Danann are known throughout ancient Ireland as the people of the goddess Dana/Danu (also known as mother). It's important to note that throughout history she became known as Brigit, who then got absorbed into Christian beliefs as a saint. According to the Annals of the Four Masters, the Tuatha De Danann ruled Ireland from 1897 to 1700 BC.

"It is said, in the Book of the Dun Coe that wise men do not konw the origin of the Tuatha De Danann, but that it seems likely they came from heaven, on account of their intelligence and for the excellence of their knowledge." It is said that their hold on those in Ireland was so strong that not even the Christian transcribers could deny their existence as a non-human race of intelligent being in Ireland (although they frequently put them in league with evil demons).

 

The Tuatha De Danann were in full control of Ireland when the Sons of Mil (Irish ancestors) came to the island. The Tuatha lost their island, but became known as the Fairy-Folk or the Sidhe of Irish Mythology and Folk Lore. When many talk of Ireland they talk of the human race the Celts as well as the invisible race of Fairies. There are many who treat this race as fiction and as "stories," but there are Irish seers who today still say they see the Sidhe.

 

"The term (Sidhe), is always applied in old writings to the palaces, courts, halls, or residences of those beings which in ancient Gaedhelic mythology held the place which ghosts, phantoms, and fairies hold in the superstitions of the present day." In modern Irish tradition, 'the People of the Sidhe' or Sidhe, refer to the beings themselves rather than to their places of habitation. They are often described as gods of the earth or dei terreni, as in the Book of Armagh; and since it was believed that they, like the modern fairies, control the ripening of crops and the milk-giving of cows, the ancient Irish rendered to them regular worship and sacrifice, just as the Irish of today do by setting out food at night for the fairy-folk to eat.

 

The palaces to which the Sidhe went to after the fighting with the race of Mil were hidden in the depths of the Earth. The Dagda controlled the distributions of these palaces and domains. He then gave on to Lugh and retained two for himself (Brug na Boinne, or Castle of the Boyne, because it was situated on or near the River Boyne near Tara, and the other called S?d or Brug Maic ind Oc, which means Enchanted Palace or Castle of the Son of the Young). Mac ind Oc was a most enchanted castle that contained three trees which always bore fruit, a vessel full of excellent drink, and two pigs--one alive and the other nicely cooked ready to eat at any time; and in this palace no one ever died.

 

Aside from these beautiful palaces the Sidhe were known for their own beauty as well as loving the beauty of others. There are many stories in history which talk about the "taking" of a beautiful mortal boy or girl to be taken down into the palaces of the Sidhe. Mortals could live in the world of the Sidhe forever if they willed it. There have been many in history who found life in Fairyland so plesant that they decided to enjoy it enternally. Not only did these people have majestic palaces and beauty but they also had a rare music to which our world's music could never compare. Patrick even said that it would equal the very music of heaven if it were not for 'a twang of the fairy spell that infests it.'

 

The Sidhe were said to have come from four mythical cities: Falias, Gorias, Finias, and Murias. It was their that they learned all of their magic and skills from the druids (Morfesa from Falias, Esras from Gorias, Semias from Murias and Uiscias from Findias), and were given four great treasures or talismans that showed these skills. The first treasure was the Stone of Fal, which would scream whenever a true king of Ireland would place his foot on it. The next was the Magic Sword of Nuada, a weapon that only inflicted mortal blows when drawn. The third was the Sling-shot of the Sun God Lugh, that never missed its target. The last was the Cauldron of Dagda from which a constant supply of food came forth.

 

The Sidhe have always had a very distinct social organization with regards to rulers and territory. In Munster Bodb was king and his enchanted palace was called Sid of the Men of Femen; and the overall king Dadga and his wife Boyne has a palace near Tara. In more modern times, Eevil or Eevinn of the Craig Liath or Grey Rock is a queen of the Munster Fairies, and Finvara is the king of the Conaught fairies. There are also the Irish fairy-queens Cleeona and Aine.

 

While much of the story of the Tuatha de Danann has been distorted over time, there is growing evidence that the story is based on fact. Remains from some of the battlefields have been found which cast a different light on the story as a whole. No longer are the Tuatha considered just Irish legend and fairies. Although three of the treasures are obvious stories proclaiming the glories of their Kings, the fourth item sounds very much like the legendary Stone of Scone that sits in Edinburgh today.

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This was a very thorough retelling. thank you for the read. i love it. my matron goddess is Danu who I see as mother earth. I love seeing people take interest in her. I also like Morrigan (who was a warrior of the Tuatha-De-Danann) and use her especially when I'm seeking justice (which is a big must right now as my family is being violated by a crack whore) and Palu (the lost Celtic Cat Goddess who I connect to with my totems).

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Yes the crack head needs a hex put on her with all the evil she does.:soapbox:

 

I will try to behave though.:rolleyes_witch:

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Very interesting read. It is my understanding, though, that Danu is totally separate from Brighid. Brighid is a fire goddess (Goddess of the Forge) and Danu is a mother goddess. Actually THE mother goddess of the Celtic pantheon.

 

Also, Tiger Lady, do you not mean that Danu is your 'patron' goddess. Or are you just saying that Danu is like a mother (matron) goddess to you?

 

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Raina - yes I do see her as a mother goddess.

 

Bean Sprite - I'm working on that hex right now. :grind: I don't want to leave anyone out - so here goes. My brother married a psycho crack ho because she trapped him with the old - "I'm pregnant". Don't get me wrong, I love my nephew as much as my own kids. She's been using my nephew as a pawn and threatening to take him away from my brother and my family. She also refers to him most often as "that fucking baby". She currently resides in the North Central Regional jail because when she threatened to take Zach from us the last time - because we found out she is dealing and doing drugs again - we helped land her ass in jail. The custody hearing is Wednesday and we are nervous. WV likes to keep the baby with the mother no matter how screwed up she is. Hence the reason for the hex.

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Guest lady Luna

:wavex:Great ARTICLE

 

I have read alot on the Tuatha-De-Danann and this article has tought me more. Thank you lots

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This was a very thorough retelling. thank you for the read. i love it. my matron goddess is Danu who I see as mother earth. I love seeing people take interest in her. I also like Morrigan (who was a warrior of the Tuatha-De-Danann) and use her especially when I'm seeking justice (which is a big must right now as my family is being violated by a crack whore) and Palu (the lost Celtic Cat Goddess who I connect to with my totems).

 

 

Although I dont have a patron god or goddess or really use the divine, I have always had a soft spot for Morgana the fae queen, which is suppose to be one version of morrigan :)

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Although I dont have a patron god or goddess or really use the divine, I have always had a soft spot for Morgana the fae queen, which is suppose to be one version of morrigan :)

 

I have a soft spot for Morrigan as well and I'm glad to hear someone else does. I've talked to too many people who fear her. I don't get it. what is there to fear?

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I have a soft spot for Morrigan as well and I'm glad to hear someone else does. I've talked to too many people who fear her. I don't get it. what is there to fear?

 

 

To be perfectly honest I'm not quite sure, I can't say I have ever found her frightening or that I fear her... but then a lot of people have reserves using/talking/ working with the fae because they are unpredictable. However saying that IMO they are no more unpredictable and/or dangerous than any other spirit.

 

Some people from what I can gather have a natural connection with the Fae others don't. I personally dont have a connection with family spirits or dragons or animal guides but I do have a connection with the Fae and Angels :)

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My understanding is that Morrigan is with us when we are born as well as when we die. She is also the goddess of justice. And that's exactly how I have connected with her.

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Guest Rebie

Perhaps people fear morrigan because she is the goddess of justice. Which means if one calls apon her for justice, they better have a clean slate. Because she will deal with both the person calling on her and the intended target. She does not discriminate.

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That is a really interesting take Rebie. I never thought of it that way before. Your probably right. For what I've been calling her on lately - I'm so willing to take any risks just to see justice served for the benefit of my nephew.

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Oh yes, I have a great interest in the folk lore of Ireland. From somewhere deep inside me I know faeries are real. I have a book, "Faeries of the Celtic Lands" by Nigel Suckling. It's a great book. I recommend it. I have a picture of what I call a tree imp. I took it when hiking through the 1000 year old red wood forest of central California in Yosemite. I saw these spider webs on a tree off the trail, and decided to take a picture. A year later my husband uploaded the photos to our computer and I saw a bright(blasted out white) figure. This intrigued me because the area of the tree was in shadow, but it was during the day so I didn't use a flash. There shouldn't have been any blasted out white in the photo. So I brought down the contrast to see if I could see something. I'll post the photo so you can decide what you see. Then I saw a figure below the bright object that looked like it had pointy ears and bright lights coming out it's eyes and nose. To try and bring the figure forward I upped the contrast. I'll first upload the original photo, and the the low contrast for the bright figure on the right side of the tree, and then the last will be the photo with higher contrast to see my tree imp which I circled in red. I would love feed back on what you see.:spellcaster:

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This was a very interesting read and I thank you very much for it!!! I've always been facinated by the fae and although I've never seen one I know in my heart that they are out there, as for the pictures at the very end of this post all I can say is WOW!!

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