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Encyclopedia > Don (goddess)

Dôn was a Welsh mother goddess, equivalent of the Irish Danu. She was the consort of Beli Mawr and the mother of Arianrhod, Gwydion, Gilfaethwy, Govannon and Amaethon. Welsh mythology consists of stories written down in the Mabinogion and other medieval texts. ... 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. ... 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. ... Beli Mawr (Beli the Great) was a Welsh ancestor deity. ... In Welsh mythology, Arianrhod (silver wheel) was a daughter of Beli and Don. ... In Welsh mythology, Gwydion was a son of the goddess Don. ... In Welsh mythology, Gilfaethwy was a son of the goddess Don. ... In the Welsh mythology, Govannon of Gofannon was a smith and the son of the goddess Don. ... In Welsh mythology, Amaethon was a god of agriculture, a son of the goddess Don. ...

External links

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

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