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Tuatha de Danann

Subject Religion

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631181392.1995.x


[ vii ] The Irish name for a group of gods, ‘Peoples of the goddess Danu’. Danu was confused with Anu, a beneficent goddess associated with the Irish province of Munster, both possibly derived from an early C eltic mother-goddess ( see M atres ). The group included L ug , the D agda , Nuadu ‘of the Silver Arm’, Gobniu the Smith and Dian Cecht the Healer [27: 38, 52; 17: 57–61]. They overcame various enemies, but after the coming of C hristianity were said to retreat into the sid , the ancient burial mounds of Ireland. [17: 65] ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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