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Manes \Ma"nes\, n. pl. [L.] (Rom. Antiq.) The benevolent spirits of the dead, especially of dead ancestors, regarded as family deities and protectors.

Hail, O ye holy manes!

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"Gods of the Lower World," in Roman religion, from Latin manes "departed spirit, ghost, shade of the dead, deified spirits of the underworld," usually said to be from Latin manus "good," thus properly "the good gods," a euphemistic word, but Tucker suggests a possible connection instead to macer, thus "the thin or unsubstantial ones."


Etymology 1 n. The souls or spirits of dead ancestors, conceived as deities or the subjects of reverence. Etymology 2

n. (plural of mane English)


In ancient Roman religion, the Manes or Di Manes are chthonic deities sometimes thought to represent souls of deceased loved ones. They were associated with the Lares, Lemures, Genii, and Di Penates as deities ( di) that pertained to domestic, local, and personal cult. They belonged broadly to the category of di inferi, "those who dwell below," the undifferentiated collective of divine dead. The Manes were honored during the Parentalia and Feralia in February.

The theologian Augustine, writing about the subject a few centuries after most of the Latin pagan references to such spirits, differentiated Manes from other types of Roman spirits:

Latin spells of antiquity were often addressed to the Manes.

Manes (band)

Manes is a band from Trondheim, Norway, formed in 1993. They started out as a two-piece band composed of Sargatanas and Cernunnus (or Cern). They have been signed to Candlelight Records, Hammerheart Records and the Italian experimental label Code666. The band's earlier works, up to and including Under Ein Blodraud Maane, were somewhat atypical Norwegian black metal and were highly lauded by fans of the genre. However, as of Vilosophe the band completely changed its sound to a hybrid of jazz, trip hop, electronica and metal with clean sung vocals and many progressive overtones. In spite of being highly acclaimed by critics this subsequent change of direction alienated most of their original fan base.

In 2004 they played at the Inferno Metal Festival.

In 2011 Manes released an official statement on their web site that they were calling it quits, although they would still release their final album, Be All End All, as well as an LP re-release of the debut Under Ein Blodraud Maane. In 2013, Manes announced their return on the official Facebook page and that the album Be All End All is still going to be released.

Manes (king)

Manes (according to Greek mythology) was the eponymous first king of Maeonia, and later came to be known as the first king in line of the primordial house of Lydia, the Atyad dynasty (see List of Kings of Lydia).

Manes was believed to be a son of Gaia and Zeus. Herodotus, in his account of the colonization of Tyrrhenia( Book 1:94), makes Manes the father of king Atys Later, Herodotus states (Book 4:45) that Cotys was Manes' son, and Asies his grandson for whom the Lydians believed Asia had been named. This genealogy is preserved by Dionysius of Halicarnassus.

The exact relationship between the names Maeonia and Lydia, named after Lydus, son of Atys and grandson or great-grandson of Manes, remains a matter of debate. They may have been successive names for one country, or different parts of the same realm.

In what could be an error rather than independent tradition, Strabo makes Atys, son or grandson of Manes, to be one of the descendants of Omphale and Heracles, the founders of the next dynasty of Tylonids (or Heraclids) — Omphale having reigned as Queen of Lydia after the death of her husband Tmolus, and Heracles having been first her slave then her husband. All other accounts place Atys and Lydus, and Tyrrhenus brother of Lydus, among the pre-Tylonid kings of Lydia.

Manes (disambiguation)

Manes are the souls of deceased loved ones in Roman mythology.

Manes may refer to:

  • Manes (band), a band from Trondheim, Norway
  • Manes (king), a king of Maeonia
  • Mani (prophet) or Manes, founder of Manichaeism
  • Manes (tribe), a Jatt tribe
  • Manes, Missouri
  • Alaverdi or Manes, Armenia
  • Manvo or Manes, Armenia
  • Manes, a slave of Diogenes of Sinope
  • Manes, a character in The Birds by Aristophanes
Manes (surname)

Manes, Mánes or Mánes is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Antonín Mánes (1784-1843), Czech painter
  • Donald R. Manes (1934-1986), borough president of Queens, New York
  • Édouard Manès (1835-1898), governor general of French India
  • Gina Manès (1893-1989), French film actress
  • Josef Mánes (1820-1871), Czech painter
  • Pablo Curatella Manes (1891-1963), Argentine painter
  • Quido Mánes (1828-1880), Czech painter

Usage examples of "manes".

The riders wore horn-mail over dun uniforms, slit to mid-spine, braided manes flying.

Now, to me, none of the troopers looked clean, and they oiled their braided manes with a pungent oil.

Most had manes braided down the spine but pulled up into a cascading horsetail on the crown of the head.

It was more noticeable in Shiriya-Shenin: their slit robes, curved pairs of blades and manes braided with ceramic beads, their habit of going barefoot on tessellated stone floors.

The sea wind blew in their white unbound manes, where bronze and gold pins were tangled.

North Road the horses stretched out, manes and tails streaming back in the moonlight as they raced northward, hooves pounding a steady rhythm.

Even Mandarb and riderless Aldieb staggered as if drunk, and those who rode had to cling to reins and manes, to anything, to keep their seats.

With a thunder of hoofs, with tossing heads, widened nostrils, and waving manes, over a score of Talking Horses of Narnia came charging up the hill.

 He and Tek chased across the high downs above the shore, wind whipping their manes and beards.

Their manes stood upright along their necks like the manes of newborn foals.

Wald passed on to the boy who plaited manes, and the youngster readily did as he was bid, working sometimes from before dawn until long after dark, and never seeming to want more than what food he could eat while standing in the kitchen.

All that was demanded of him the boy who plaited manes did without any change in his thin face, any movement of his closed mouth, any flash of his feral eyes.

Wald considered the constant plaiting and adorning of manes and tails a great bother.

While the Gel daThae men wore their hair in braided manes, the women shaved every bit of theirs.

He could also discern that they had manes as wild and long as those of their mounts.