Celtic Mythology By Cierra Thompson

Danu, The Mother of the Gods

She is the Goddess of Fertility and abundance, associated with Agriculture and Cultivation. She is consider to be an Earth Goddess, and she also wields the magic of Divine Flow. She is also know as Ana, Anu, Anann, linked to the Goddess Dan, in Wales. There is evidence that the river Danube is named for Her. As mother of the faeries she is close to the land and waters.

In some Celtic Myths, the Goddess is featured as Mother and Daughter of Dagda, in other myths, Bhe was her consort. Another sources say that Dagda and Danu were the parents of Ogma, while other think that Dian Cecht was their son.

Little is know about her, most of her myths and stories are forgotten, just a few things are know for sure about her. The oldest record about the Goddess, was found in the Irish Lebor Gabala, from 1,000 C.E. Her name means wisdom or teacher.

The symbols of the Goddess Mother were air, amber, crowns, earth, fish, gold, holy stones, horses, moon, rivers, sea, seagulls and wind.

Her tribe is the Tuatha Dé Danann, the People of the Goddess Danu or Ana. Invading Ireland on the first of May, the Tuatha Dé Danann battled the Fir Bolg, and eventually won an uneasy peace. In their turn the Tuatha Dé Danann were displaced by the mortal Milesians, and retreated to the sídhe, or hollow hills, to become the Faery Folk of legend.

The Tuatha Dé Danann

Cyhiraeth

The Celtic goddess of streams. She is most closely associated with certain rivers and coasts, with the area around the river Tywi in eastern Dyfed, as well as the coast of Glamorganshire.

She later became thought of as a ghostly faery spirit (comparable to the Irish Banshee) in Welsh folklore called the Cyhyraeth, also known as the Hag of the Mist, or the Gwrach-y-Rhibyn. This apparition is said to groan and cry before a death, or multiple deaths caused by a disaster. who was a portent of death, seen or heard just prior to a nearby death.

She has been described as making groans and sighs of someone deathly ill, and to sound three times, growing weaker and fainter each time, as a threefold warning before the end.

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