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In Irish mythology, Danu or Dana was the mother goddess of the Tuatha Dé Danann (peoples of the goddess Danu), although little is recorded about her as a character. Her Welsh equivalent is Don. Although many of the manuscripts containing texts relating to Irish mythology have failed to survive, and much more material was probably never committed to writing, there is enough remaining to enable the identification of four distinct, if overlapping, cycles: the Mythological Cycle, The Ulster Cycle, the Fenian Cycle and the... A goddess, a female deity, contrasts with male deities, known as gods. A great many cultures have their own goddesses, sometimes alone, but more often as part of a larger pantheon that includes both of the conventional genders and in some cases even hermaphroditic deities. ... This article is about a mythical people of Ireland. ... Welsh mythology consists of stories written down in the Mabinogion and other medieval texts. ... Dôn was a Welsh mother goddess, equivalent of the Irish Danu. ...

Based on the evidence of place-names, such as the river Danube (Latin: Danuvius), she may have been worshipped throughout the Celtic world. Indeed, the presence of a goddess named Danu in Indian Mythology, associated with water and mother of a race of demons called the Danavas, may indicate a very ancient Indo-European origin for this figure. Danube in Budapest Length 2,888 ¹ km Elevation of the source 1,078 ² m Average discharge 30 km. ... Latin is the language that was originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ... A Celtic cross Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. ... Proto-Indo-European Indo-European studies Indo-European is originally a linguistic term, referring to the Indo-European language family. ...

Danú is an Irish group. Danú is an Irish folk group. ...

Other names

  • Dana
  • Anu
  • Ana
  • Don (Welsh)

For alternate meanings, see Wales (disambiguation) National motto: Cymru am byth (Welsh: Wales for ever) Official languages: English and Welsh Capital: Cardiff First Minister: Rhodri Morgan AM Area  - Total:  - % water: Ranked 3rd UK 20,779 km² xx% Population  - Total (2001):  - Density: Ranked 3rd UK 2,903,085 140/km² NUTS...

External links

  • Associations between the Welsh Don and the Irish Dana (http://www.shadowdrake.com/celtic/dondana.html)

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Danu, being the ‘mother goddess’ is not only the Mother Nature figure of Ireland but she also considered to be the mother of most of the gods and goddesses in the Celtic pantheon as well as the Tuatha De Danaan who are also known as the Sidhe or the ‘fairy folk’ or Ireland.
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