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Mannan

by Micha F. Lindemans
The Manx (Isle of Man) counterpart of the Irish sea-god Manannan mac Lir. On Midsummer Eve the people used to carry green meadow grass to the top of Barule in payment of rent to Mannan-beg-mac-y-Leir. People also used to pray to him for a blessing on their boats and a good catch.

It was generally believed that Mannan was a great magician who could create an illusory fleet out of pea-shells and stick, to discourage an invasion of the island.


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