The mother goddess, regardless of the various tribal forms, had a major presence in all Celtic territories. As the centuries moved on, the deities of the Tuatha de Danann were turned into the Fae Folk of Celtic legend. Neman of ingenious versicles, (Or a tea!) Celtic Goddesses. Rhiannon (Welsh) – One of … There are references all over the continent to Deae Matres, and (most especially in the Rhineland and Cisalpine Gaul) the. Danu has been connected to a number of important Celtic deities both within and outside of Ireland. I have something typed up on this that explains what I mean more. As usual though, Green and Thames and Hudson have done a superb job of supplying good quality photos. Spiritual vs. Material: The Middle Way? London: Boydell & Brewer, 1999. As a goddess of sovereignty and power, Danu would grant gifts to rulers and those of noble birth. Thank you. Lebor Gabála Érenn. Mac Cana, Proinsias. Thank you for sharing! Exploring the F-word in religion and the intersection between scholarship, activism, and community. ;). She is also known as Danann, Ana, and Anann. Her trees are the rowan tree, long honored by the Celts for its balance of beauty and hardiness, the apple tree, and the hawthorne tree. It is known only that she was an ancestral mother. Danann, mother of the gods. I recommend two free email newsletters: Emerging Tech Brew and Morning Brew, a more general business/economy newsletter. If you found this site useful or interesting and want to support it, buy me a coffee! Amongst epithets, they sometimes possess locality names, demonstrating again their identity with the territorial nature goddess”[1]Powell, T. G. E. The Celts. A minor sun Goddess in her own right before the time when the Celts banished the majority of their sun images to male deities and their moon images to female deities. Bridget Cleary: Sex, Death, Fairies and Other, Gospels of Lindisfarne or The Book of Lindisfarne, Celtic Studies Ebooks: Kindle, Apple Books, and Kobo. Banba, Fotla, and Fea, Given the migratory nature of the Tuatha Dé Danann, it has been speculated that she was a wind or earth goddess as well. No stories of Her survive but Her power remains strong. You will also note that many of these (the Matres Comedovae, Matres Griselicae, and the Nemausicae) were closely associated with local springs (Green 1992, 160). I love the hardcover Confidant as well as teh soft-ver Vanguard. This iteration of Danu was able to learn English by touching the forehead of Will, one of the members of Sanctuary with whom she shared an intense—if brief—connection; In the 2000 AD comic series Sláine, Danu appeared as the mother goddess worshiped by the Sessair, the tribe of the namesake character. Lb if you find what you have written about that connection I’m sure we’d all love to read it. Brightened up my morning, too. New York: Barnes and Nobles Books, 1996. It seems strange to me, when she is the Mother Goddess, and as such must have been considered one of the most important of the Gods. Morrigan (Ireland) - A terrifying crow goddess associated with war and death. Danu, of the flowing waters, Queen of the fertile land – Danu, the Great Mother Goddess of the Irish Celts, known as Don by the Welsh Celts, is the Creator Goddess of the Tuatha De Danann, the first wave of Celtic tribes to invade Ireland. I had heard that Anann was one of the sacred triad of the Morrigan, but had not heard of Danu in that context. Required fields are marked *. Three different kinds of ruling available, too. Morning Brew and Emerging Tech Brew are well-written, interesting newsletters, and not over-the-top marketing drivel. Wright, Gregory. Perhaps she was so powerful that it was impossible for the later patriarchal minds to twist Her stories and rob Her of Her power. Similarities between the name Danu and the name Anu (or Annan), have led some to believe that this face of the Morrígan was in fact the mother goddess Danu. However, I do think there are very strong similarities between Modron and Mabon/Rhiannon and Pryderi and of course there is that triad which describes Branwen as one of the three great ancestresses of Britain. All members of the divine Tuatha Dé Danann descended from her in one way or another. Your email address will not be published. If there are no stories of Danu from the olden days, let’s make one up for the new days. Her work, which expresses her belief in the interconnectedness of all life, can be seen on her website at, Categories: General, Goddess, Goddess Spirituality, Goddess Spirituality, Tags: celtic goddesses, danu celtic goddess, goddess, Judith Shaw, Mother Goddess, Transformation, An inspiring post for a chaotic world we live in :). It is from her that all the other gods and goddesses emanated. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Powell, T. G. E. The Celts. Irish tradition holds that Danu was the tribe's ancestor of note, rather than any husband or father she might have had. She is also known as Danann, Ana, and Anann. We are far younger and to step into knowing her requires that we know our place on the full web. Of all of Danu’s features, the most well-established was her family. She is the most ancient of all the Celtic deities. Danu, the Great Mother Goddess remains connected to the Sidhe, the fairy hills and the dolmens known as portal tombs. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. New York: Barnes and Nobles Books, 1996. p. 31. jQuery('#footnote_plugin_tooltip_185_2').tooltip({ tip: '#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_185_2', tipClass: 'footnote_tooltip', effect: 'fade', predelay: 0, fadeInSpeed: 200, fadeOutSpeed: 200, position: 'top center', relative: true, offset: [-7, 0], }); And there is a Welsh figure, Modron, who is the divine mother of the divine son Mabon, mentioned prominently in Culwch ac Olwen. The Tuatha Dé Danann were handsome and skilled in the arts, magic and ways of the mind. nmr my thoughts on the “swirling pigment dots” and the other spiraling lines around Her head is that they represent the “chaos” the “unformed” from which Danu creates the manifest world. Celtic Mythology. Powell points out that “These Matres, or Matronae, are usually depicted as three figures bearing symbols of fecundity. I also think that given the large area involved and the huge numbers of female deities, we need to be cautious about overt generalizations. Macalister, R.A.S., trans. She embodies the wisdom of living in balance with the Earth. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. (n.d.). Privacy Policy,, Home › General › Danu, Celtic Mother Goddess by Judith Shaw, By Judith Shaw on April 30, 2014 • ( 14 ). Danu was the source of the tribe's common heritage, as well as its nobility, unity, and power. And in the stories of Triple Brigid we see glimpses of Danu’s original story and attributes. Despite the lack of available information, scholars have nevertheless attempted to derive some sense of the goddess' being. But, like Rhiannon in Welsh myth, or Modron, it is risky to label Macha as exclusively a “mother goddess.” To do so is to fall into the mistake made by Caesar and an unfortunately large number of scholars today, of buying into the interpretatio romana in an attempt to reduce the abundance and wide variety of Celtic deities, from a variety of geographic areas and historical eras, to a convenient, neatly organized and pigeon-holed schema or pantheon based on the familiar deities of Rome. [2]Mac Cana, Proinsias. You can order your deck on Judith’s website. Badb / Badhbh / Badb Catha. (Or a tea!). Kings, warriors, craftsmen, musicians, tricksters, judges, poets, and athletes all hailed from a single source: Danu. Mythopedia. Sea spray could be part of that thought for sure. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Accessed on . Learn more. © 2019 Wasai LLC – All Rights Reserved. I have found that Primal Goddesses do not deal in trifles. Goddess/God: Goddess. Many scholars believed Danu to be a representation of the Danube River. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. She has also been connected to popular Celtic concepts such as the importance of waterways. Green 1992 mentions the images along Hadrian’s Wall in Britain, and includes a photograph of the triple goddess with a “baby, a napkin, and bathing equipment“ from Vertault in Burgundy (155). There are many references to mothers in Irish myth; one that comes to mind quickly is Macha. The Sacred Isle: belief and Religion in Pre-Christian Ireland. The roots of the name Danu remain a matter of some debate among etymologists. I really like how you did her face and hair and all the little swirling pigment dots (sea spray?). Scholars who have connected her name to the Danube River point to other Indo-European languages where the word danu means “to flow.” Danu may be a loanword from the ancient Scythian language, in which it meant “river.”, It has also been suggested that the name Danu came from the Proto-Celtic duono, or “aristocrat,” itself derived from the Proto-Indo-European dueno, meaning “good.”. Though scholars have frequently sought answers regarding this mysterious matriarch, few definitive details have been found. I’m curious as to why, when there are so many stories of the Morrigan, and the other Irish deities, do you think none of Danu remain? In Irish mythology, she was sometimes seen as the most central of the triple goddesses, as the tribe of the gods was named for her. by Tallessyn Zawn Grenfell-Lee, Privilege and Hierarchy in Community Care by Christy Croft, Feminist Parenting Part 3—Les Misérable Mothers, why is this so %$@# haaaaard?! Your email address will not be published. The goddess' power, characteristics, and personality have little consistency within neopagan traditions, and few myths are attested to her. My personal theory is the reason there are stories missing about Danu is that her name was changed to Brigid. We are not. Though she was capricious and fickle, she ultimately battled primeval forces to defend the world of men; The name of the Irish folk band Danú may be a reference to the goddess and the Tuatha Dé Danann. Lovely post and artwork. Neopagan tradition has added much to Danu's mythos that was not present in traditional Irish lore. 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Other than naming her the mother of the Tuatha Dé Danann, medieval Irish lore made no mention of Danu. Mother aspect of the Triple Goddess. Reblogged this on Pagan at Heart and commented: Many scholars have theorized that Danu was a great river goddess. Despite the lack of available information, scholars have nevertheless attempted to derive some sense of the goddess' being. She continues to be inspired by the Divine Feminine in all of Her manifestations. Description – Goddess of hot springs who came to Brittany from Celtic Gaul. She is associated with mares, snakes, seagulls, and fish that live in both oceans and rivers like salmon. Curiousity Stream is a streaming documentary service with thousands of films about history, science, nature, travel, biography, etc. If the concept of a Celtic mother goddess (or goddesses) appeals to you, it might be interesting to peruse Green’s Celtic Goddesses (pp. Many believe that Danu was both a representation of and callback to this ancient river, which the Celtic tribes may have considered an ancestor.