Friday, July 30, 2010
The Tuatha De' Danann
The three kings of Ireland were Mac Cuill, Mac Cecht and Mac Greine, the husbands of the three goddesses; Eriu, Banba and Fodla. They asked the Milesians for a three day truce. The Milesians agreed and they laid anchor at 9 waves distant from the shores. While they laid out from the island, the Tuatha De' Denann called up a magickal storm, trying to drive the Milesians away, but they had a 'secret weapon', Amergin. Amergin called out and calmed the storm. The Milesians landed and defeated the Tuatha De' Danann. After the defeat, Amerigin was called upon to stand in between the two tribes. He decided to divide up the land between the Milesians and the Tuatha De' Danann. He gave the Milesians the land above ground and the People of Danu was given the land below ground. The Tuatha agreed to the arrangement and slid silently into the Sidhe mounds being led by Dagda, the good god and they slid into the myths and legends of Ireland. Some stories and scholars says they retreated into the world of Tir na n-og, the Land of Youth. Where their homes and their world could not be seen by no mortal man because of their magic. Through time the Tuatha De' Danann gained another name, the People of the Sidhe. This is where they remain young and seemingly immortal. They can live a long time, but they can be killed and destroyed but only through magickal means.
In the stories of the Ulster Cycle, the Tuatha De' Danann were seen as Celtic deities but in the Fenian Cycle, they were degenerated into the Fey People. The People of the Fae / Fey didn't start off having pretty tiny pixie wings as they do in today's children tales. They were human with tremendous supernatural powers. Their height ranged from tall to short and their appearance were beautiful or ugly.
Thus the stories of the Tuatha De' Danann begins. These were an magnificent race of people who filled many legends of Ireland and their footprints are imbeded in the landscape of Ireland lasting up til this present date.