Mannoise mythology

The mythology Manx, from the Isle of Man, is the result of local, British, Celtic and Nordic. The name of the Isle of Man is linked to Manannán mac Lir, a Celtic sea god, who imposed a symbolic tax on the islanders, a bundle of coarse rushes like marshes, until Saint Patrick came to banish the pagans .

For centuries, the symbol of the island has been a triskelion: three bent legs, each with a spur, joined at the thigh. The three legs are reflected in the island's motto (adopted late in the symbol's history): Quocunque Jeceris Stabit, translating from Latin as "Wherever you may throw, it will stand." The origin of the three legs of man is explained in the legend that Manannan would change into three legs and roll down the hills.

In Manx folklore there are many stories of mythical creatures and characters. These include the Buggane, a malevolent spirit; the often useful but unpredictable Fenodyree; the Glashtyn which can be a hairy goblin or a water horse; and the Moddey Dhoo, a ghostly black dog. Mann is also said to be home to the veggey mooinjer or the little manx-speaking people, sometimes referred to as themselves.

Manx mythology

Mannoise mythology (texts)