Cormac mac Airt

(197—267) legendary king and sage

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The Irish Solomon. His famous reign could have been 226–66, when Tara enjoyed a period of unprecedented prosperity. A contemporary was Finn MacCool, who led his band of warriors in great deeds. The wisdom of Cormac derived from a wonderful golden cup. If three lies were spoken over it, into three pieces it would break; whereas three truths told made it whole again. The King also possessed a musical branch, made of silver with three golden apples on it. When Cormac shook the branch, the sick, the wounded, and women in childbed would fall asleep until the next day. Both the magic cup and branch were gifts from Manannan mac Lir, ‘a renowned trader who dwelt in the Isle of Man’. At Cormac's death, they vanished.

Subjects: Religion.

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