Friday, August 2, 2013

Tuatha Dé Danann The Fomorian Giants, Burial Mounds and Fairies

Tuatha Dé Danann The Fomorian Giants, Mounds and Fairies

It is of great interest that the Fomorians (Muru or Amorites) were associated with fairies and the dwelling in burial mounds.  The Amorites buried their dead in burial mounds in the Biblical Levant, the British Isles and the Ohio Valley.

But why were the Tuatha Dé Danann associated with the mounds? If fairies or an analogous race of beings were already in pagan times connected with hills or mounds, gods now regarded as fairies would be connected with them. Dr. Joyce and O'Curry think that an older race of aboriginal gods or síd-folk preceded the Tuatha Déa in the mounds. These may have been the Fomorians, (The Fomorians are the Giant Race of Men) the "champions of the síd," while in Mesca Ulad the Tuatha Déa go to the underground dwellings and speak with the síde already there. We do not know that the fairy creed as such existed in pagan times, but if the síde and the Tuatha Dé Danann were once distinct, they were gradually assimilated. Thus the Dagda is called "king of the síde"; Aed Abrat and his daughters, Fand and Liban, and Labraid, Liban's husband, are called síde, and Manannan is Fand's consort. Labraid's island, like the síd of Mider and the land to which women of the síde invite Connla, differs but little from the usual divine Elysium, while Mider, one of the síde, is associated with the Tuatha Dé Danann.The síde are once said to be female, and are frequently supernatural women who run away or marry mortals. Thus they may be a reminiscence of old Earth goddesses. But they are not exclusively female, since there are kings of the síde, and as the name Fir síde, "men of the {66}síde," shows, while S. Patrick and his friends were taken for síd-folk.