Mother Earth


One of the things I hate is people who follow an Irish path following Mother Earth or Gaia.

This is a Graeco-Romanic concept and really does not fit in with an Irish path. After the second battle of Magh Tuireadh, the Tuatha Dé Danaan and the Milesians parcelled out Ireland between them. The Milesians were to have all Ireland above the earth and the Tuatha Dé Danaan were to have all Ireland under the earth.

So the Tuatha Dé Danaan, who make up the majority of the Irish deities, went to the sídhes in the earth to live. Many of the features of the Irish landscape are connected to deities, for example the Paps of Anu, Ardmachu with Macha or Tara with Tailtu.

So in a sense all Irish deities are earth deities, although there are some, like the Cailleach, who is a deity involved with creating landscape, that are more connected with the earth than others. Mother Earth really does not fit in with deities which are part of the land itself.

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