Anu / *Danu

Gilles Boucherit 1
1 CRBC Rennes - Centre de recherche bretonne et celtique
UR2 - Université de Rennes 2 : EA 4451, CRBC - Centre de recherche bretonne et celtique
Abstract : Donu is not a Celtic word, therefore, the "rule" of short a or short o does not apply necessarily to it. Consequently the name Danube < Dānouio- can be related to *Donu / Danu of the Tuatha Dé Danann. The assimilation of Anu with *Danu, therefore, can well be due also to euphonic assonance. The first one looks like a Mother Goddess while the second is closer to a Sovereignty Goddess. We shall see that Ana is associated with the "milk of the earth", that is stock-breeding and agriculture, which in Ireland goes back to the Neolithic and its Armorican roots. The name Anna (or Ana) can be found in Brittany associated to spring water, a shining Lady, ox and plow. The second one Dana, is the goddess of tribes taught in metal craft but ignoring of agriculture. Their encounter with the 'Fomoire' farmers is told us in the Second Battle of Mag Tuired. The origin of the Tuatha Dé Danann probably goes back to the so called Celtic warriors issued from Proto-Indo-European Yamanaya people who will "confront" Old Europe from the third millennium bc on. Curiously, if we return to the 7th millennium bc in the pre-Urals region, the hunter-gatherers of the time were acquainted with animal husbandry by people coming from the Levant, where the agriculturists started from when migrating to Mesolithic Europe.
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Gilles Boucherit. Anu / *Danu. First European symposium in Celtic Studies, Aug 2013, Trier, Germany. ⟨hal-00859836⟩



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