In message "CELTIC-L - The Celtic Culture List." Mary M. writes:
> But the Tuatha were in their turn beaten by
> the invading Milesians, sons of Milesius or Mil, who were avenging the death
> of their cousin Ith.
I think they had designs on Ireland and all land beyond the Rhine before this
legendary event. Even in this legend of Ith - actually an uncle of Miled, who
was the legendary leader of the "Milesians" after they were driven from Egypt,
Miled planned his invasion of Ireland to fulfill a prophecy. BTW, Miled's wife
was Scota (a pharoah's daughter) who provided the basis for Ireland being called
Scota for a while. Anyway, prior to Ith's ill-fated visit, Miled had figured
Ireland to be the "Isle of Destiny" foretold to the Milesians in Egypt by Moses,
which gave a convenient sorta manifest destiny reason to invade Ireland.
> The Milesians drove the Tuatha literally underground (don't trolls live
> underground?), after which they became known as the Aes Sidhe, the people of
> the (hollow?) hills.
Well...first many of the Milesians were wiped out in their first attempt at
invasion by a terrible storm, and the famed prayer of Amergin came out of this.
Only Eber and some survivors reached Bantry Bay and defeated the De Danaan under
Eire and some later subsequent battles (Taillte, etc.) The surviving De Danaan
took to living in the hills and caves probably out of fear. The best legend
about how they came to live underground can be found in the ol' Tain Bo Cuailgne
and involves them living underground with great happiness ruled by their
immortal king Bodb Derg - they are described as all being the sons and daughters
of kings and queens and wearing beautiful garments, silver and gold and all
kinds of other accoutrements (crystals, hot pants, pinky rings...).
"Well you can tell by the way I use my walk I'm a DeDanaan, no time to talk..."
University of Minnesota
"And you may find yourself,
living in a shotgun shack.."