Tír na mBan

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[ban (gen. pl.), women; i.e. Land of Women].

Imagined island populated only by beautiful, sexually inviting women, visited by many Irish heroes, notably Máel Dúin in Imram Curaig Maíle Dúin [The Voyage of Máel Dúin]. The women of the island provide a consort for every male visitor and serve only the best cuisine with the most enchanting music. Bran of Imram Brain [The Voyage of Bran] was summoned by the queen of Tír na mBan and stayed for many years, thinking but a single year had passed. This is an Irish instance of a widespread folk motif: F112. See also OTHERWORLD.

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