by Eric Whollem
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The Mother of Manannan mac Ler
Ler, the Irish god of the sea, bore through his first wife Aebh,
a magical son, Manannan mac Ler. Aebh is pronounced eev.
It is not far fetched to see her correspondance to the Biblical
Eve, as first queen of the sea.
Many of the Celtic ancestors of the Irish migrated to Ireland
out of Phoenicia, where they may have taken on Aramaic or
Manannan had a magical ship and sword. He became king of
the fairies and came to live in a castle at the bottom of the sea.
Ler's second wife Aiofe was jealous of the children of other
wives of Ler, causing them to be banished in the form of swans.
Shakespeare's Lear is a retelling of the story of the Sea King.
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