As someone else just posted, the etymology is a bit uncertain. But I can tell you that no, "tuatha" as in "tribe, people" does not literally mean "the wrong people". I suspect this connotation of "tuathal" derived this way:
-Tuathal is considered bad (unlucky, against the sun, etc.)
-Tuatha sounds like tuathal (even if the two are not related)
-Ergo a punning relationship is attained and the two meanings become mixed in the popular early Irish mind.
Remember that many Indo-European cultures consider "the people" (the masses, the commoners, etc.) to be chaotic and potentially destructive, in need of being controlled. One sees this attitude from everywhere from Vedic writings to
the works of Plato. Thus the association between the "unlucky" direction and the people would fit into the ideology of sucbh cultures.
Hope this helps.
Desmond Swords <[log in to unmask]> wrote: Is this correct and does the word relate to the word "tuatha" as in the TDD.
Does "tuatha" have a connotation of "the wrong people" - a fatalistic
quality of tradegy etc"
Thank you in advance.
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