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Danu

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Name:  Danu/ Anu / Danand

PropertiesMother Goddess, Fertility, Abundance & Protection

Associated Sites:  Dá chich Anu (The Paps of Anu, Co. Kerry)

Husband:  Bile The Sacred Tree

Descendants:  The Tuatha Dé Danann

The Goddess Danu was the mother Goddess of the Tuatha Dé Danann.  She is particularly associated with the province of Munster with its fertile soil and was known as Anu in those parts.  The Tuatha Dé Danann were all descended from her. 

Some scholars believe that Anu was the primary Earth Goddess and Danu was only the name given to her by the nineteenth century writers.  However the nineteenth century writers were so popular that now most people would know of the Tuatha De Danann and the Goddess Danu.

There is a school of thought that believes that her name is Danand and she slept with Delbhaeth (Turenn) her own father to produce Brian, Iuchar and Iucharba.  This is just an example of the confusions existing within Irish Mythology.

Stories, Myths and Legends associated with Danu

The Story of the Tuatha De Danann

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