Dan in Denmark and Ireland by Yair Davidiy and "Eric."
We identify the Tribe of Dan with peoples who settled in the west especially parts of Ireland and Scandinavia, and within Scandinavia, Denmark.
Ireland however on the whole appears to be dominated by the Tribe of Asher more than Dan. Our understanding is that the Protestants of Ulster have similar origins to the others as well as contingents from Manasseh, Ephraim, and Judah.
Concerning Dan and Scandinavia:
Dan came to the north in two major waves. Shortly after the exile of the Ten Tribes Danites entered Scandinavia and from there they moved to the British Isles possibly after a sojourn in Western Gaul. These Danites were associated with the early "Megalithic" culture of the Atlantic West that was absorbed by Celtic Civilization. While still in the land of Israel Dan had been associated with the Philistines, Cyrpus, and Crete. These had been linked with Minoan and Mycenean Civilization. Finds indicating Minoan settlement have been reported from a place named "Edomsharde" [Edom's District] in Northern Schleswig (North Friesland just south of Denmark). The Philistines (of Gaza, also known as Minoa after Minoa in Crete) were condemned by Amos (1:6) for turning Israelite Exiles over to Edom! Much later another group of Danites emerged from Scythia, entered Scandinavia, and also moved westward to the British Isles.
We understand that there were two incursions of Israelites from the Tribe of Dan into Scandinavia.
In Bronze Age times there were Hebrews in Scandinavia. [We consider the Bronze Age in Scandinavia to have lasted to well after 500 BCE. Conventional dating however clains it was much earlier. In our opinion they are mistkaen. Our understanding would seem to be more consistent with Irish and Scandinavian tradition]. The Israelite settlers included Danites from the Tribe of Dan. Many of them later moved to Ireland where they were known as the Tuatha de Danann or People of the god (or goddess) Dan(a). Irish legend said that the Dana came from a place in the far north and were of an advanced culture and scientific understanding. This fits Bronze Age Scandinavia. These early settlers may have been the outcome of Philistine, Phoenician and Edomite proxies of Assyria using Israelite captives to exploit mineral and agricultural resources in the west. These moved to the British Isles especially Ireland. Some time after that additional Israelties reached the area from overland. A portion of these were also from the Tribe of Dan alongside Naphtalites from Naphtali, and others. These Nephtalites from Naphtali as well as Danites from Dan had been exiled by the Assyrians, moved northwards, and then emerged from Central Asia and Scythia and invaded Scandinavia. The Danes at first settled in southern Sweden afterwards moving to Denmark. Previously Jutland in Denmark had been settled by Jutes from Judah who joined the Angles and Saxons and invaded England. The Danes and Naphtalites moved into Denmark and Norway settling among related peoples whom they probably outnumbered. The increased population pressure resulted in many of the coastal populations emigrating. These became the Vikings who in some old English opinions were mainly descended from the coastal peoples who were being pushed out. This scenario may need to be modified if more information comes to light.
The location of Danites in both Denmark and Ireland parallels the situation in Ancient Israel where a portion of Dan dwelt on the coast around Jaffa while another section was in the north. Rabbi Fishel MAEL discusses cultural and social differences between one group of Danites and another.
A follower of ours, who calls himself "Tubalcain" but whose first name is "Eric" gave us additional information confirming an early movement of Danites from Scandinavia to Ireland.
See his comments to:
Hebrew Origins of Scandinavia
"TubalCain" aka Eric would prefer not to give his surname. He knows Irish and may be an inhabitant of Ireland. He also seems to be academically qualified and familiar with other languages as well as linguistic and historical studies.
Eric is a frequent commentator to our Brit-Am Video Clips.
In the notes below Eric refers to a study linking Celtic and Scandinavian mythology edited by Carol J. Clover and John Lindow Vol. 45. Also, Jacob Grimm, "Teutonic Mythology," volume 4, contains information on Rigr and Danpr "Dan."
Also, Eric says, Viktor Rydberg and Hilda Davidson are classic sources on Norse mythology.
Here are the relevant notes of Eric:
The Tuatha de Danann are often linked (in Irish Mythology and studies in it) to Norway, and very often, Denmark. Could it be that the Tuatha de Danaan (during the Bronze Age and possibly well into the Iron Age) and the Danes both frequented Denmark (Danmark) and there is a connection between them.
The Old Irish word tuath (plural tuatha) means "people, tribe, nation"; de is the genitive case of dia and, depending on context, can mean "god, gods, goddess" or more broadly "supernatural being, object of worship". In the earliest writings, the mythical race are referred to as the Tuath De (plural Tuatha De). However, Irish monks also began using the term Tuath De to refer to the Israelites, with the meaning "People of God". Apparently to avoid confusion with the Israelites, writers began to refer to the mythical race as the Tuath De Danann... ... In Latin they are referred to as the Plebes Deorum or "folk of gods."
A poem included in the Lebor Gabala Erenn also refers to the Tuath De as the clann Eladan, tribe of DAN ?
Another proof of the connection between Scandinavia and the Lost Tribes may come from an unexpected source-a connection between the Tuatha de Danaan ruling classes and the early Danish ruling aristocracy. Such a connection is normally not known. We know from Danish mythology that Dag or Dagr (-r suffix) was the son of Dan from whom the Danes claim their descent. In Irish myth, Dagda was the son of the goddess Danu or Dana. The Danish name Dagr is very similar to the Irish Dagda. Ursula Dronke, a student of J.R.R. Tolkien, believed that Rig or Rigr the father of Dan or Danr derived his name from the Irish "Righ" [king]. Also Joseph Harris noted parallels between Rigr and the Irish " All Father." In Keating, the Tuatha De Danaan are called the "sons of Kermad," sometimes spelled Hermod, Cermait or Cermaid. There was a mythical Danish King named Heremod [also spelled Hermod, Hermothr, Hermodr] who was also king of the Angles. Likewise, Conn in Irish mythology is linked by some to Konr, "Kon" in Norwegian mythology. In Welsh myth, Gwydion, the son of Don [Irish: Danu], is linked by many to Odin, father of Heremod in Danish myth. Odin and Dagda were both referred to as the "All Father".
The Tribe of Dan when in Israel had been closely associated with the Philistines who had a god "Dagon." In Irish myth Dagda was the son of Danu. In Danish myth Dag or Dagr was the son of Dan or Danr "Dan." Another curious point, is that the Irish letter "B," is called Beth or Beith in the Ogham Beth-luis-Nion alphabet. Beth, which means "house" in Hebrew [letter "B" in Hebrew], means "birch" in the Irish language. The irish letter Beth or Beith "Birch" corresponds to the Scandinavian "Beorc" [Letter B -called"Birch" in Norse Elder Futhark]. So there is a tie -in or link.
Dagda, son of the goddess Danu is often paralleled with Perseus (in Greek Mythology), the son of Danae,princess of Argos, Greece during the Bronze Age.
The Irish Dagda is associated closely with Perseus [of Greek Mythology]. Perseus, son of Danae, rode a flying horse called Pegasus which was a white color. Pegasus is likely a "solar horse". In Danish myth, Dagr [son of Dan] is assciated with the bright-maned flying horse Skinfaxi who "draws day to mankind," a solar horse. Solar Horse motifs occur in Scandinavian bronzes. A horse will be shown drawing a disk which represents the sun. Skinfaxi was though to have originated in the "Nordic Bronze Age" [Wikipedia]. Also, Sleipner the solar horse of Odin related to Dan. Also, Grani, the solar horse and the Trundholm solar chariot.
Dagr [Dag=Day] ,son of Dan of Denmark has a flying horse Skinfaxi , while the Greek Perseus,son of Danae of Argos rides the flying horse Pegasus. Perseus in Greek myth is connected with Joppa the seaport of Dan.
"The Bronze Age in Ireland" by George Coffey 1913 draws parallels between Mycenaean Greek artifacts found in Ireland and Denmark. Wikipedia also links Danish Bronze Age culture to Mycenaean Greece. I think the Danaans may have partially colonized Denmark since there was an amber trade "Glesum" from the Baltic that went all the way back to Greece. If this is true it might explain Danish mythological parallels to the Danaans in Ireland and Greece.
The Danes, English and Swedes are very closely related. Beowulf, the hero of an old English epic, was himself a Geat (a Swedish "Got"), while the Geats of Sweden are referred to in the epic of "Beowulf" as "East Danes."
Apropos a remark by Yair Davidiy that the excavations of of Dan in Northern Galilee is consdiered a "Mycenean" site from the archaeological perspective:
More on the Danite, Greek, British, Irish, and Hebrew Connection
I know that Ugarit [in northern Syria] has ties to Israel and to the Mycenaean Greeks as well. Also, Dana or Adana in Cilicia, Turkey. Cyprus was called YaDanana or isle of the Danaans.There is a book "Aram and Israel (1918)" which mentions a city of Danaba? near the ancient state of Palistin-possibly Philistines nearby-in Syria. The legend of Danae is based in Argos, Greece. Mycenae was ruled by a king named Pleisthenes ,possibly a Philistine, but nearby Argos appears to have been controlled by the Tribe of Dan. There were Danaans in Greece mentioned in the Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer and the Tuatha de Danaan in Ireland. "Tuatha de" in Gaelic means "Tribe of" or " Children of" and Danaan comes from "Dannanni" in Hebrew which means "my vindicator" where the final i is possessive "my". It occurs when Rachel names Dan in the book of Genesis Genesis 30:6 "God has[ judged my case]= [Dannanni]". I know that Argos had a Cretan goddess named Britomartis who originally came from Phoenikia [Phoenicia]. I suspect that this may be the origin of the name British from Brit-o-martis. The Welsh called Guinevere "Britomart" . Queen Elizabeth I was called Britomart by the poet Edmund Spenser (1552-1599). I should point out that I believe Mycenaean artifacts-swords,etc. have been found at Gezer in Israel which belonged to the Ephraimites. At least you are on the ground with archaeological sites in Israel. It must be pretty awesome living in Israel.
Old British Israelite writings suggested the Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, has a name possibly derived from Greek source meaning "Sons of Dan."
Adapted from "Lost Israeltie Identity" by Yair Davidiy:
In Irish accounts the Tribe of Dana came from Greece and arrived via islands in the north which assumedly meant Scandinavia. One of these islands was given the name ASSAL which is also the appellation of a Middle Eastern principality in the region of Gozan on the Khabur River whereto part of the Northern Israelites had been exiled. An alternative (or supplementary) Irish version says that the Dana came from the city of Dan at the foot of Mount Libanus (Lebanon) in what was once the area of northern Israel. Even the Irish account which says that the Dana came from or via Greece says that they had fought repeatedly with the Phillistines. The Tribe of Dan in Israel as seen in the story of their hero Samson (Judges chs. 13-16) was constantly at altercations with the Philistine people. In the Land of Israel the original portion of Dan (in the south) had adjoined the Philistines and partly been taken over by them. Samson was a prototype for the Greek idol Hercules.
An Irish Historian, Thomas Moore, stated that the Tuatha de Danaan (i.e. Tribe of Dana), "after sojourning for some time in Greece... proceeded from thence to Denmark and Norway." Geoffrey Keating (ca.1570-1646) understood from traditional Irish sources that, "the Danaans were a people of great learning and wealth; they left Greece after a battle with the Assyrians, and went to Ireland; and also to Danmark, and called it `DAN-mares,' Dan's country."
The site of Dan in the northern Galilee from an archaeological perspective is considered a "Mycenean" site. "Mycenean" finds in Israel and the Middle East are quite common and are seldom of Greek origin.
The Irish Hero Dagda and Samson