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In Irish mythology, Danu is the mother goddess of the Tuatha Dé Danann (Old Irish: "The peoples of the goddess Danu"). Though primarily seen as an ancestral figure, some Victorian sources also associate her with the Land.
Antiquity of her recognition
Based on the evidence of place-names, such as the river Danube (Latin: Danuvius), Dniestr, Dniepr and Don, Danu may have been worshiped throughout the Celtic world. Indeed, the presence of a goddess named Danu in Hindu mythology, associated with water and mother of a race of Asuras called the Danavas, may indicate a very ancient Proto-Indo-European origin for this figure.
In mythology
As the mother of the gods, Danu has strong parallels with the Welsh literary figure (or goddess) Dôn, who is the mother figure of the medieval tales in the Mabinogion.
Etymology of the name
The genitive form of "Danu" is Danann, and the dative Danainn.
Köbler and Pokorny both reconstruct *dānu as a Proto-Indo-European root denoting ‘fluvial water.’ The Old Irish forms - nominative danu, genitive danann, dative danainn suggest pre-Irish *Danona, which may contain the suffix -on- 'Great' (as in Matrona Great Mother, Maqonos/Maponos Great Son, and Catona Great War (a title of the Goddess of War).
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