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1–7 The Manes (anglicized pl.). The seven sons of Queen Medb [Maeve] and her husband Ailill mac Máta, according to what is clearly a later literary contrivance. The parents took this unusual measure in response to a druid who told them that their enemy Conchobar would be killed by a son of this name. The seven sons were already born, however, and so Maine was used to replace their earlier identities. Additionally, each of the Maini may sometimes carry an agnomen, e.g. Maine Andaí. But these are not always clear, and their identities sometimes merge with one another and also migrate out of this context to characters called Maine in other stories. But none of the figures called Maine murdered Conchobar mac Nessa. What the druid did not explain to Medb and Ailill is that his prophecy applied to a different Conchobar, the son of an Arthur of Britain; and Maine Andaí did indeed dispatch him. The late medieval redactor of this story may have misread his sources. Later described as outlaws, the Maini join the hideous pirate Ingcél Cáech in marauding around the British coast as well as invading Ireland in Togail Bruidne Da Derga [The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel]. Elsewhere in the Ulster Cycle the Maini are virtually Medb's hench-men, violently extending the interests of their mother.

8 A son of Conchobar mac Nessa killed by Dubthach Dóeltenga.

9 A Norse prince, killer of Noíse in variant texts of the Deirdre story. Maine (9)'s father has been killed by Noíse and his brother, and so Conchobar mac Nessa urges him to seek vengeance.

10 A member of Fionn mac Cumhaill's Fianna.

Subjects: Religion.


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