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Deity of the Month - The Dagda (An Daghdha)

by Sam Stoker

The Dagda (‘the great god’) is a revered deity in Irish mythology. He rules over fertility, agriculture, magic, strength and wisdom, and is considered to be a king and a druid. Similar to the Norse god Odin, the Dagda is a father figure, and is often depicted as bearded, wearing a cloak and wielding a staff.

His staff has the power to kill with one side and resurrect with the other and is known both as ‘lorg mór’ and ‘lorg anfaid’ (the great staff, and the staff of wrath, respectively). He also has a cauldron that never empties, and a magic harp that he can use to command the seasons.


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