"Dagda Finds His Mark" © 1977, Jim Fitzpatrick.
The various Magogian peoples brought with them their pagan pantheons of deities, but the most memorable and resonant in the myths and legends of ancient Ireland were the tribal gods of the Tuatha de Danann. And the greatest of the gods of the Tuatha de Danann was the mighty Dagda:
"The Dagda, though he appeared with and fought alongside mortal men
in the legends, was actually believed to be a god, specifically, the father
god of the Tuatha dé Danann. The son of the god Beli and the goddess
Danu, the Dagda — literally, “the good god” — was not good in the
sense of moral goodness, but in the sense that he was good at everything.
He was an excellent king, a powerful warrior, a
wise counselor, a cunning magician, a jovial friend,
an amusing clown and a general father figure in whom can be found aspects of all of the other Celtic deities.
Thus, he was referred to as the Eochaid Ollathair, “All-Father”, the
king of the gods, and in his original name, Dagos Devos, he is also
akin to Deus, Zeus and other Indo-European sky-gods. The fact that the
word deva that makes up the latter half of the Dagda’s name is Hindu
in origin also lends credence to the belief that the Tuatha Dé had
indeed emigrated from Central Asia, which borders what is now India."
Interestingly, even the names of their deities invoke a Central Asian origin, corroborating our thesis that the majority of the ancient Irish had originally emigrated from that region in ancient times. And with them they brought along their own tribal priests, the "druids", those among them who made it their business to stay closely in touch with the divine realm.
WIZARDS, DRUIDS & POETS
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