The Tuatha De Danann were called the Shines, an ancient Pro-Celtic Irish tribe, the fifth to invade the island in ancient times. They were later associated with elves or fairies, but in Irish myths they had nothing to do with the fairies of today’s folklore.
This tribe was not human, but described itself as elegant, beautiful and even shining with light. These mysterious creatures arrived with the secret knowledge of the gods. When we look at their history, we see a dizzying array of connections to ancient mythologies in other parts of the world.
These half-gods arrived on ships, descending from the heavens in the great fog that darkened the daylight for three days. They then burned the ships, forcing them to settle permanently.
Tuatha De Danann translates as “the people of the goddess Danu”, a prehistoric mother goddess. The same name Danu, or Asura, is also an Indian goddess, and the name perhaps describes “primordial waters”. Some make comparisons to Zeus’s wife, the goddess Diana, whose name comes from the proto-Indo-European “bright sky”. It was known to the Romans as the goddess of hunting, the moon and nature.
Diana and Dan
According to The Mysterious Universe, there are also amazing connections with other ancient mythologies, including the Bible Nephilim and the Anunnaki of the ancient Sumerians.
“People from the Israeli tribe of Dan mingled with the Canaanite Tuat De Danan, also known as Anu’s Dragon Masters, who are said to be descendants of the Anunnaki of the ancient Sumerians. This is also one of the interpretations of the Sons of God who mingled with the “human daughters” mentioned in the story of the Nephilim in the sixth chapter of Genesis.”
Toys, described with red hair and green or blue eyes, had superhuman abilities and skills. Ancient astronaut theorists believe that this is an example of advanced alien technology.
“They had four great treasures (or talismans) that demonstrated their skills. The first was the “Fall’s Stone”, which sounded when a true Irish King stood on it. It was later erected on Tara Hill, the throne of the Irish kings. The second was the “Noada’s Magic Sword”, which could only deal deadly blows when used. The third was the “sling of the sun-god Lug”, known for its accuracy when used. The last treasure was the Dagdas’ Cauldron, from which came an endless supply of food. “
The Luminous fought with the Fomors, another group of Irish invaders, meaning “submarines” or “evil supernatural beings”. They were sometimes described as half-dead and hostile. But some of the Fomoras resembled Tuat and made fun of them.
In “Leabhar Gabhála Éireann” also referred to as the “Book of Invasions”, the Fomoras are identified as “descendants of Cain or Ham, Noah’s damned son.”
In the ensuing victorious wars with the Fomorians and the semi-Flemish Briggs, who for some time ruled over Tuat, a young character named Lug became King of Ireland.
When we look at the deity called Meadow, we see more biblical references, as well as links to other mythologies in Europe.
King Meadow, the Celtic Lord of Light, who is said to have been a youthful sun, storm, or god of heaven, leads Tuat against the Fomors, defeating his grandfather, the giant Cyclops leader Balor. In the second battle of Mag Toured, he defeats Balor with a sling, reminiscent of the story of David and Goliath in the Bible. Meadow is also said to have had a fellow greyhound named File Inis, whose skin could turn the water he touched into wine.
According to Patheos, Lug was once known throughout Europe.
“The Celtic eponymous Lugnadas comes from the myth of the god Lug. A deity worshiped among many cultures and almost universally recognized by the Celts; Meadow was known throughout Europe. He is a protector of the arts, a master of crafts and is well known for his many different talents. The writings of Julius Caesar are on par with the popular Roman equivalent of Mercury (Greek Hermes). The polytheists of antiquity had an interesting worldview that gave them the opportunity to recognize commonalities in different alien deities. The common polytheistic belief described in the writings of Julius Caesar was that the Celts worshiped the same deities as the Greeks and Romans, only under different cultural names. “
The name Lug bears a resemblance to the linguistic roots of the name Lucifer.
“Interestingly, the image of Lucifer has many things in common with Meadow and other gods wandering the wizard’s path. In a common Prometheus theme, these deities of wisdom bring knowledge to all the arts of humanity. Both deities connect as carriers of the enlightening light of the gnosis.”
Although Tuatha De Danann took the lead for a while, they lost to other invaders called Mill. These people, now thought to have probably been Celts, forced the vanquished Tuatas to hide underground.
According to mythology, Tuatha De Danann lived in an underworld that was accessible only through portals. These portals are thought to be located in megalithic structures and hills.
The Tuatha De Danann, once considered gods and goddesses, would be reduced to the level of mythological fairies and fairy circles. Although still respected and revered by many in Irish localities as real and dangerous creatures, for most people they have become the stuff of modern day tales.
Although the legends of these gods and goddesses have been completely lost in history, interest in Tuatha De Danann is back today.
Ancient astronaut theorists see treacherous signs in the stories of the Druids, in strange megalithic structures around the world, and even the stories of the great Indians. These giants are sometimes said to have had red hair but have come a long way from Ireland, well before the famous arrival of Europeans in North America.