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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 11, Macha Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 11, Macha Summary and Analysis

Macha, which means "mighty," often appears as one of the three aspects of the Morrigan. She seems to appear as the equine aspect of the Morrigan's imagery. However, there are several accounts where Macha appears as a separate deity. It is said that she used her ax to clear the land for cattle to graze and crops to be sown.

There is a time when two evil and cruel brothers named Cimbaeth and Dithorba rule the land. Macha drives the brothers from the land and rules for seven years until the five sons of Dithorba challenge her claim to the throne.

Macha learns that the five sons have made camp in the forest nearby. She disguises herself as a leper and asks for warmth from the sons' campfire. They allow her to stay on the outskirts of their camp...

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