Manannan mac Lir is the most prominent sea deity of Irish mythology and literature. With his sea-borne chariot and his cloak of invisibility, he guards the otherworld and the afterlife, incorporating aspects of the ancient Greek gods Poseidon and Hades.
Width: 29.7 cm
Height: 42 cm
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A3 Poster representation of an acrylic painting of the Celtic God of the Sea Manannan Mac Lir by Elena Danaan
Manannán Mac Lir is also associated with the Arthurian land of eternal youth, Avalon (Tír na nÓg in Celtic mythology), because his Irish daughter Niamh is one of the queens of this realm and his Welsh son Bran the Blessed possesses the cauldron of rejuvenation, not unlike the mythical Holy Grail. The Celtic people believed that Manannan was connected through mists with the other worlds, where the souls journeyed in the after-life. Emhain Abhlach (“land of the apples”) was one of the islands of the other world, and according to Irish tradition, Manannán ruled over it. This is not without thinking about the very name of the mythic island of Avalon cloaked in the mist: “Abhalach”. As a master of tricks and illusions, Manannán had many magical possessions. His horse, called Aonbarr, could gallop across the waves of the sea as if they were solid ground. He also had a ship called ‘wave sweeper’ that needed no oars or sails to travel. Manannán’s great cloak could change to any colour he wanted, allowing him to shroud himself in mist and disappear…