Rivers and Primordial Waters (Her name has been given to dozens of rivers such as the Danube and the Don)
Sometimes Associated with the Land
Counterparts & Possible Connections
A Goddess Dānu is attested in the Rigveda (Hindu)
Damater, or Demeter (Greek)
Dôn, who is the mother figure of the medieval tales in the Mabinogion
Bridget, daughter of Kildare and of learning, culture and skills
She was known as Brigantia in northern England
Known as St. Bride in Christianity
Myths Associated with Danu
Danu’s children, upon arrival in Ireland, have to struggle against their enemies, the evil Fomorians, whose own “Mother Goddess” is Domnu. Significantly, Domnu not only means “the world” but “the depths” of the earth.
The Celts, also on the continent, had several goddesses, also of war. "Apart from these goddesses of war, there were other Amazonian figures who led armies into battle. Often they were also endowed with legendary sexual prowess..." "The Celts included the cult of the mother goddess in their rites, as archeological evidence testifies. Indeed, the Tuatha Dé were the descendants of the goddess Danu, and in some local instances, the ruler of the otherworld was a goddess, rather than a god, just as some folktales represented the otherworld as 'the Land of Women'.”
Irish epics contain many episodes of the struggle between the Children of Domnu, representing darkness and chaos, and the Children of Danu, representing light and order. The Children of Domnu are never completely overcome or eradicated from the world because, symbolically, they are the world. The conflict is between the waters of heaven and the base reality of the world.
There are always variations when it comes to Mythology. The majority of the information provided in this section comes directly from these two sources: