The Conquest by the Gods

 I couldn’t post anything yesterday ’cause my computer kept CRASHING AAAAAHH but I have this for you today!

 So I’ll jump right in.

 The 3rd group that invaded Ireland was probs the most mysterious of all. According to Celtic tradition, the Tuatha De Danann, (The Children of Danu,) are the Irish gods, although earlier invaders clearly had divine characteristics. It’s the Tuatha De who’re remembered today as the gods and their deeds are commemorated – there’s little doubt that they’re the old gods of the Celtics and that their stories reflect the beliefs of the ancient Irish and of a part of pre-historic Europe. The Children of Danu were direct descendants of Nemed who’d left Ireland with his family and settled in the North islands of Greece. There, his people had grown, and it was there that they learned the arts of druidism, in which they became very skilled.
 They fought on the Athenian side against the Philistines, using their druidic arts to gain victory for Athens. Eventually the Philistines became so dangerous that the Tuatha De Danann had to flee Greece and find another land. Like their ancestors, they sailed west, taking with them their treasured possessions. There were 4 sacred objects among these which appear throughout Celtic myths; the Lia Fail, the Invincible Spear of Lugh, and the Ever-plentiful Cauldron of the Dagda, the father-god of Ireland. First they took refuge in Scotland but the country was bleak so soon the Tuatha De decided to attack Ireland, which they believed belonged to them.


 This army of gods landed on the Irish shores in secret on the festival of Beltain (May 1st) the most sacred of all Celtic feasts. When everyone had arrived they burned all the boats so they couldn’t run away if the Fir Bolg, who are ruling Ireland, should prove formidable. Then they conjured up magical darkness all around them to help everyone move about unperceived and, at Connacht, they surprised the Fir Bolg. Fierce battles were fought before the Fir Bolg admitted defeat. Those that weren’t killed fled to islands around the coast and there they lived.
 The troubles of the Children of Danu weren’t over, though, for the Fomorians ranged their forces against them and until after the battle known as the Second Battle of Moytura that they were overcome. (I’ll introduce that part next time.) The story of that encounter of good and bad is told later.

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