Finding Irish Deities


In the texts there are often people who have the same name. Donn is one of them, being mentioned seven times yet only two of these Donns are the same deities. To make matters worse, the name of the deity may be spelt several different ways as spellings were optional when the texts were written, since dictionaries had not yet been invented. For example, Tailte can be spelt as Tealte in a second text.

It all sounds a bit of a minefield separating out which is which, but in reality it’s not that bad. For example, one of the Donns who is a deity is a Milesian, so if the text you are reading is not talking about a Milesian you know it’s not the same Donn. If the text is talking about a Milesian, you know it’s the Donn you want.

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