Aine

Irish - A sun-goddess, goddess of love and fertility. Daughter of Eoghabal or Manannan. Wife of Echdae or Manannan, some say. Mother of Owel. In some stories she is equated with Morrigan, the goddess of war; in others she is the moon-goddess of Munster who was raped by Ailill Olom who, some say, she killed. Some say that she was killed by Ailill who drove a spear through her chest when she pulled his ears off. Some accounts equate her with Ana, the beneficent version of Danu, while in some stories she is a fairy queen in Limerick. She was sometimes seen in the form of a mermaid, bathing in a lake, while in other versions she became a banshee living in a palace inside a hill where she wove sunbeams into cloth of gold. In some accounts, she fell in love with Manannan and her brother gave her to the sea god in exchange for Manannan's wife, Uchdealb. In a much later story, Maurice stole her cloak while she was bathing in a lake and seduced her, fathering a son, Gearoid Iarla. She was said to have been killed by Ailill who drove his spear through her chest. Sometimes known as Aine, Dana, Dana, Aine, Danand, Danann, Ana(n), Anu, DanuIath n'Annan or Welsh Don.
Irish - A Scottish princess. At times, called Aine, Dana, Dana, Aine, Danand, Danann, Ana(n), Anu, DanuIath n'Annan or Welsh Don.
Irish - Daughter of Culann. Sister of Milucra. Both sisters wanted Finn mac Cool as a husband and were jealous of each other. When Milucra turned Finn into an old man, his followers dug into Culann's fairy mound and Aine gave Finn a drink that restored his youth but left his hair permanently grey. Another version says that Aine would not marry a grey-haired man so Milucra changed herself into a hind and let Finn chase her. She led him into a lake, which she herself had created, which turned his hair grey. Aine then rejected him but he, in turn, rejected Milucra. In some accounts, called Aine, Dana, Dana, Aine, Danand, Danann, Ana(n), Anu, DanuIath n'Annan or Welsh Don.

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