The Tuatha de Danaan are a humanoid race of extradimensional beings that hale from Avalon, a small pocket-dimension adjacent to Earth. An interdimensional nexus between Avalon and Earth can be reached via the United Kingdom. They are also known as the Celtic Gods, who have been worshiped by the Celts (a civilization of humans who lived in the British Isles and regions of Europe). The worship of the gods fell with the rise of Christianity.
The precise origin of the Tuatha remains shrouded in legend. According to ancient myths, the high chieftain Iarbonel coupled with the primordial Earth Mother Danu (Gaea) and sired the first generation of Celtic gods.
On the island of Tír na nÓg, in the dimension of Otherworld, Iarbonel's sons ruled at least two of the four cities inhabited by Tuatha de Danaan: The Dagda ruled Murias, while Nuada ruled Finias.
The Tuatha de Danaan were worshipped at least in 18,000 BC:
- The Ligurean Picts invoked Cernunnos, Epona, Nuadens Argatlam of the Silver Hand (though it remains unknown whether this was an earlier name for Nuada, or a similarly-named earlier deity), and Danu.
- The Cimmerians worshiped Crom, Lord of the Great Mountain, who was especially prominent circa 10,00 BC. His subordinates included such gods as Morrigan the war-goddess, and Father Lir and his son Mannanan Mac Lir (whom worship had been handed down from the Atlanteans). Morrigan, with Macha and Nemain the Venomous, formed the triple war-goddesses. Were also invoked Diancecht and Badb. To be noted that the Cimmerians are one of the civilizations that emerged from the Pre-Cataclysmic Atlanteans, that already worshiped Lir and Mannanan.
The war-goddess Scathach was active during that era, and, in league with the Tenger god Erlik (active trough the Tarim, a prophet worshiped as Erlik's avatar) arranged for Sonja of Hyrkania to become a mighty warrior.
A dark god, the Lord of the Dark Forest, Lord of Forests and Lord of Death, Arawn was active within the Dark Forest (or Twilight Forest) of the Border Kingdom (along with his spirit-beasts), where he had chosen for bride the Argossean Merya after she asked every gods that were listening for rescue from a band of Picts that chased her. Arawn was repelled by Conan, but Merya was killed in the process.
Following Iarbonel's death, Nuada took the lead of the Tuatha de Danaan. They left their cities in Otherworld Tír na nÓg and traveled through an interdimensional nexus to Earth in approximately 1896 BC, just as their hated enemies the Fomorians had done centuries earlier.
In 600 B.C., Great Dark Warrior Sorceress Carman, and her sons Dian, Dub and Dother came from Athens to Ireland, but their invasion was repelled by the four mages calling themselves the Tuatha Dé Danann and the boys were exiled to North America where Dian murdered the others to claim their power as his own. It is unclear whether or not those four mages were Celtic gods, or simply posed as the Tuatha.
Human worship / Return to Otherworld
Around 350 AD, upon the arrival of the Milesians (the ancestors of the Celts), the Tuatha relinquished their holdings on Earth, sealed an agreement with the Milesian druid Amergin Glúingel stating that Ireland's mortal inhabitants would worship them in exchange for protection, and then returned to Otherworld.
Another mention the Celts worshiping them from 900 B.C., and until 600 A.D.
Cold war with the Asgardians
At least two events have launched back the exchanges between the two groups:
- When the Warriors Three inadvertently killed the shapeshifting Giant Holth, his father King Gnives demanded as retribution a list of items (all extremely difficult to acquire), including Chulain's spear, leading the four Asgardians to enter Otherworld.
- The Asgardians and Tuatha de Danaan eventually joined forces to defeat the Egyptian god of evil Seth, thus ending their enmity.
On Earth, the Emerald Warlock (Dian) tracked down and killed all the descendants of the Tuatha Dé Danaan (tens of thousands) that had "wronged him" as revenge, the last being Sotinwa, in Lagos, Nigeria.
Powers and Abilities
The Danaans all have some potential to practice magic, mostly but not limited to changing their appearances, transforming matter and wielding cosmic, elemental and paranormal energies.
Average Strength Level
The Average Danaan male can lift (press) about 30 tons under optimal conditions; the average Danaan female can lift (press) 25 tons under optimal conditions.
Type of Government
Level of Technology
- "Tuatha de Danaan" translates as "Children of Danu." Danu was their ancestral spirit linked with the Danube river in Ancient Gaul (modern Germany, France and Switzerland). It sometimes appears in Celtic literature as "Tuatha de Danann."
- 37 appearance(s) of Tuatha de Danaan
- 3 appearance(s) in handbook(s) of Tuatha de Danaan
- 3 minor appearance(s) of Tuatha de Danaan
- 15 mention(s) of Tuatha de Danaan
- 5 mention(s) in handbook(s) of Tuatha de Danaan
- 2 image(s) of Tuatha de Danaan
- 44 representative(s) of Tuatha de Danaan
Links and References
- Thuatha de Danaan (Celtic Gods) at the Appendix
- Celtic Gods at the Guide to the Mythological Universe