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Old and Middle Irish word for seer or prophet, describing both male and female examples; the powerful Scáthach who taught Cúchulainn is conventionally described as a ban-fháith [woman fáith]. Probably the Irish cognate of what classical commentators represented in the word vates. See also W GWELEDYDD; GWAWD; ModIr. fáidh.

Subjects: Religion.

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