#2 Tuatha Dé Danann (Children of Danu)

November 28, 2018

#2 Tuatha Dé Danann (Children of Danu)

In a time of chaos, the Earth was covered in dark cloud and the Earth filled with deserts and volcanoes. Then from the heavens came drops of water than became a deluge that flooded the Earth. The cooled volcanoes became mountains, the skies became clear blue and life was abundant.

A giant sacred oak named Bile grew, nourished by Danu, with her divine water. From their relationship came two giant acorns. After these dropped to the ground, the first acorn sprang The Dagda “The Good God” and from the second Brigid “The Exalted One”. The Dagda and Brigid were to fill the Children of Danu (Old Irish Tuatha Dé Danann); the Mother Goddess, whose divine waters gave life. They settled by the great river filled with the waters from the Goddess, Danuvius, known today as the mighty Danube.

They built four great cities on the banks of Danuvius where the Children of Danu would live and multiply; Falias, Gorias, Finias and Murias. The Dagda was named “The Father of the Gods” and Brigid the wise one, who learned from the Mother Goddess and from Bile, the sacred oak. Brigid became the Goddess of healing, craft, poetry and knowledge. Others who gathered knowledge paid homage to Bile. To keep his name sacred they called the oak draoi and from oak (dru) combined with knowledge (vid) arose the Druids.

As the Children of Danu grew in knowledge their cities prospered and each city held one of four great treasures. In Falias there was the sacred Lia Fáil (Stone of Destiny), used to choose righteous rulers. In Gorias the most mighty of swords Claíomh Solais (Sword of Light). In Finias a magic spear “The Red Javelin” which never missed its target. And in Murias “The Cauldron of Plenty” from which The Dagda could feed everyone and never be emptied.

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