The Celtic Irish God Dagda
The Dagda is a lusty passionate God, who is both a master of magic and a formidable warrior. He is seen as a large giant size man full of vigour, determination and great strength. The Dagda wears his red hair long and has a large bristling beard of red to match. He is often dressed in traditional attire, a kilt with a multi coloured tunic, topped with a red cloak, and gold bands on his legs and arms. He also wear a golden tribal torc around his neck. Despite his intimidating appearance, the Dagda is often seen smiling and is said, to put all good people he encounters at ease.
Like many Celtic Deities, the Dagda has amazing magical items that he uses to both kill and give life with, a harp, cauldron, club, pigs and fruit trees. The cauldron of Dagda is never emptying and can feed whole armies; however, only those who are true of heart and deed can find fulfillment and nourishment in the cauldron’s bounty, those who break trust and are cowards can eat their fill, but will not find satisfaction or fulfillment. The Dagda also has fruit trees that are always full of the freshest and most nourishing fruits, and two great pigs, one always roasting, while the other is always growing. The harp of Dagda is used to bring in the seasons and to ensure the wheel of the year continues moving forward with the natural rhythms of the Earth. In addition, Dagda has a magical club that he uses to both smite foes with and to restore life to fallen friends.
Due to his lusty passionate disposition, the Dagda is closely associated with the sacred fire. When boons are asked of him or people want to tribute him, it is tradition that offerings to him be made over the sacred fire; typical offerings to Dagda are butter, ale, oatmeal or oat bannocks.
The Dagda is a fierce Diety that in the past worked with the Celtic Goddess of war, the Morrigan. Between the Dagda’s fighting skills and the Morrigan’s expert battle strageties, the Tuatha De Danann fought and won numerous battles. However, they were finally defeated and driven underground by the Spanish Milesians at the last battle of Mag Tuireadh.
Today, the Dagda and other Tuatha De Danann are not seen walking across the green fields of Ireland the way they once were. Today, they are seen more as Aes Sidhe, and are considered more faerie folk than Gods. However, old Celtic lore says that the Dagda and his fellow Tuatha De Danann will rise up and fight for Ireland once more when the time is right and the cause is just.