Dagda Mór is the great and good king of the Tuatha dé Dannan, his kingdom is the day's sky of the faerie realm and the mortal world. He bears the name Eochaid Ollathair, because he is the master and lord of both life and death - the All-father. Another name he bears is Ruad Rofhessa, the mighty magician and poet. Last but not least, he is one of the mightiest warriors among the Tuatha dé Dannan.
Usually he appears to mortals as a big man with curly brown hair. His enormous belly stretches his farmer's tunic and his kilt barely covers his bottom. Although he is the king of the gods he looks like a peasant. Those who face him with pride and haughtiness are invariably teached a lesson in courtesy and manners.
The great iron club of Dagda is so heavy that he pulls it behind him on two wheels. It kills each foe with just one hit of it's head, but a touch with the end of the haft raises the dead.
He owns the famous cauldron named "Everfull". It produces all food and drink Dagda commands, without ever running out of it.Three magical trees grow in his garden, each bearing many different and delicious fruits. In this garden lives a magical pig - if it's eaten in the evening, it lives again in the morning.
Dagda is a creator-god, the lord of abundance, who conceives new life and takes it back, when the cycle is completed. He gives hot summers with good weather and large crops. His holy day is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.
His followers have to perpetuate the good order in society and farming. Dagda expects his clerics and druids to lead their people or at least give council to their leaders.
Of course Dagda's followers are required to pray at noon, when the sun reaches the peak of it's daily journey.
The temples od Dagda's followers are usually located in or close to castles and palaces. Every temple is build around a central hall for celebrating and feasting.
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