addressing Danu (p78​)​, modern Irish

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I wanted to offer 2 different options for addressing Danu as suggested in _Circle of Stones_ on page 78. This one addresses Her entirely in modern Irish. Some neo-pagans prefer to use the modern Celtic languages deliberately, as opposed to earlier versions of the Celtic languages, when addressing the gods, because of a desire to keep what what is said relevant to us in our current time, as the languages have evolved for the time when we use them.

However, in this case that requires making one of the sounds from the Gaelic languages that doesn't occur in English. This sound is made by engaging the muscles in your throat that you would engage to gargle, but it is not a gargling sound, just something like the 'g' sound in the English word "get", but made in your throat instead of the back of your mouth. It can be challenging for people who have spoken English their whole lives to make this sound correctly, but I have given an example here if you would like to try it.


A Dhanu, a Bhan-tiarna! A Dhanu, mo Bhandia!

Danu, Lady! Danu, my Goddess!

ah GHAH-noo, a vahn-TCHEER-na, ah GHAH-noo, muh vahn-JEE-ah


from _A Circle of Stones_ audio, released December 7, 2012



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