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The Story Behind The Son Of The Sea:Manannán mac Lir

Manannán Mac Lir: Son of the sea

Manannán mac Lir (or Manann) – is an essential figure in Irish folklore, and some Irish shows even made endeavours to portray him as a historical figure.

 As well as being a sea god, he is furthermore observed as a psychopomp and is related to the Otherworld and the shroud between the worlds. He is associated with both the Tuatha Dé Danann and the Fomorians. In the stories, he is said to possess a vessel named Scuabtuinne (“Wave Sweeper”), a sea-borne chariot drawn by the horse Enbarr, an amazing sword named Fragarach (“The Answerer”), and a cloak of invisibility.

Son of the Sea:By the Gods!
Manannán Mac Lir © By the Gods!
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Manannán Mac Lir

Manannán mac Lir was likewise accepted to have been a spiritual force of the weather and recuperating. His father was Lir, an old and darken spiritual authority of the sea and ocean.

Manannan's Magical Possessions

Manannan’s enchanted belongings comprised of a steed named Enbarr of the Flowing Mane (Irish), now and again referred to as Finbar, which could go over land and sea. The Ocean-Sweeper/Wave Sweeper, a mystical vessel which complied with the contemplations of the individuals who cruised in it, and could go without paddle or sail. The Cloak of Mists, which was equipped for changing to each sort of colour, and when Manannan was irate would make a booming sound when the cloak fluttered. A sword called The Answerer (Irish – Fragarach) that could slice through any armour; a lance called Ctann Buide (Yellow Tree); and a breastplate which no weapon could penetrate.

the 'Answerer' or 'Retaliator' was the sword of Manannan mac Lir
The sword of Manannán mac Lir
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Manannan's Family

In various Celtic stories, we are recounted Manannán’s significant other, the Fairy Queen Fand, otherwise called The Pearl of Beauty, his sons Ilbhreac (Fairy King), Fiachna and Gaidiar, and little girls Áine, Aoife and Griane. Manannan additionally had a cultivate son named Lugh; the Great Warrior, on whom he offered his spiritual assets  and was a temporary father to other kids.

As he never lived ashore, he was accepted to abide someplace in the sea on an island known under various names (one more wonderful than the other, for example, Tír Tairngiri (Country of Promise) or Mag Mell (Plain of Joy) or even and Emain Abhlach (Island of Apple Tree), which was related to the island of Avalon, in later legends.

Celtic myths and tales: Manannán mac Lir

Manannán mac Lir appears in many Celtic myths and tales, although he only plays a prominent role in some of them. 

In the story “His Three Calls to Cormac,” Manannán entices the Irish King Cormac mac Airt with fortune, explicitly a “sparkling branch having nine apples of red gold,” in return for his family. Cormac is driven into the Otherworld and showed a cruel lesson by Manannán, however at last his significant other and youngsters are restored to him. Additionally, Manannán rewards him with an enchantment glass which breaks if three untruths are spoken over it and are made entire again if three realities are spoken. 

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