Manannan mac Lir

Irish - A sea-god. A shape-changer and magician. Son of Lir and Aobh. Son of Alloit, some say. Brother of Sainred. Husband of Aine, Fand and Uchtdealb. Father of Curcog, Gaiar, Ibrec Mongan, Niam and Segda. He was the ruler of Emain Ablach and owned a chariot in which he could ride over the waves, a magic boat known as Wave-sweeper, a horse called Splendid Mane and a cloak and helmet that rendered him invisible. He was said to have three legs which, used like the spokes of a wheel, enabled him to travel at great speed. As a shape-changer, he often took the form of a bird; as a magician he performed many wonderful feats including one in which he tossed a silken thread into the sky where it caught on a cloud, allowing a lady to climb up it. It was said that when Aillen fell in love with Manannan's wife, Uchtdealb, the god gave her to Aillen and took his sister, Aine. It was he who rescued the infant Lugh when he was thrown into the sea on the orders of his grandfather, Balor. He once took Angus Og on a trip to India and returned with two marvellous cows, keeping one and giving the other to Angus. He allocated a sidh to each of the various groups of Danaans after their defeat by the Milesians and he gave them the Veil of Invisibility and some marvellous pigs which were restored to life each time they were killed and eaten. When he quarrelled with Fand and left her, she had an affair with Cuchulainn but Manannan and his wife were later reconciled. Some of his children were divine, others were mortal. One of his divine sons, Gaiar, seduced the goddess Becuma and Manannan slept with the wife of Fachna Lurgan, king of Ulster, fathering the mortal son Mongan as reward for helping Fachna in battle. He was said to have been drowned in Lake Corrib by Uillin. Occasionally identified as Manannan mac Lir, Mananan, Mananan, Manandan, Manandan, Oirbsen, Oirbsen, Oirbsiu, Manx Mac y Leirr, Manx Mac y Leirr, Manawyddan, Manannan Beg, Manannan Beg, Mac y Leirr, Welsh Manawyddan or Welsh Manawyddan.

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