> From: Kitty [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> I'm searching information about the so-called "Thuatha de Danann". Till
> now I just found a list of the "members" - but I would love to know more
> about this mythological group. Is there some place in the net where I can
> read about them and their legends?
The Tuatha De/ Danann is a group of figures in Irish myths whom many
scholars think were the gods in the pre-Christian Irish religion. I don't
know what list of "members" you've been reading, but those associated with
the TDD vary from one myth to another, and quite a few are born of breedings
between TDD and other groups.
In the mythology and the later folk tradition, the TDD represent the
skills of civilization and culture necessary to channel the forces of
untamed, fertile nature for human benefit. Both types of forces were
considered necessary for human survival.
The best place to start is by reading the myths themselves.
Translations of a number are available on line:
It's important to keep in mind that these tales were recorded by
Christian scribes several hundred or more years after Christianity became
the dominant religion in Ireland. Scholars debate how much of the material
is truly pre-Christian.