David Fickett-Wilbar scríbas:
> I'm researching for a paper on Manannan, and have become
> interested in the parallels and differences between him
> and Lugh. I've become intrigued by the small amount of
> interaction they seem to have in the tales...
Dáithí Ó hÓgáin remarks, in _The Sacred Isle_ (p. 150)
that "another celebrity, well-known to Irish tradition
but also not included in that company [i.e. Túatha Dé]
-- at least not until the later mediaeval literature --
was Manannán. [§] In this case the reason was that the
personage had a particular connection with the sea rather
than with tumuli in the landscape."
This explanation seems to undercut the idea that the
Otheworld is entirely coterminous with the realm of the
Síd-Folk, i.e. the Túatha Dé. Or else it limits the
Otherworld to the realm that is accessible through the
terrestrial síde = tumuli.
The division of the cosmos into "This World" and "Otheworld"
(or Cenntar and Alltar) sets up a duality. Setting apart
Manannán and his maritime realm seems to suggest a tripartite
division of the cosmos, however. A division of the cosmos
into "nem - talam - muir" is suggested by a formula used in
TBC, discussed at length here earlier in the thread "Peace
to heaven..." in Nov. 2000:
Bringing Lug, Manannán, and a three-way division of the cosmos
together we get:
nem = sky
= the sunlit world above ground
= realm of humankind
talam = earth
= the world within the earth
= realm of the Síd-Folk or Túatha Dé, including Lug
muir = sea
= the watery world
= realm of Manannán
This is all offered, of course, as a flight of speculation.