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Macha is one part of a triple Irish war Goddess called the Morrigan ('Phantom Queen'; also sometimes Morrigna, in the plural). There are several versions of the other two Goddesses in that triad; Badb ('Crow') and Nemain ('Frenzy') are the names usually given. The Morrigan is associated with Ana, or Danu, and the implication is that She represents an alternate or dark side of that mother Goddess.

She and Her sisters are called 'raven women' Who bring war; the phrase 'the mast (acorn crop) of Macha' was used as a poetic kenning for the heads of those killed in battle.

There are several personages in Irish legend named Macha, who most likely derive from the Goddess; They are all said to have one Ernmas of the Tuatha De Danann as mother, a clue to Their shared origin. The first was a prophetess; the second a warrior. The third was forced to take part in a race against the kings horses, after Her husband boasted of Her speed; that She was heavily pregnant made no difference. She ran the race, and indeed won; but on the finish line She gave birth to twins, and in Her pain and anger cursed the local men, so that they would also feel the same terrible birth-pangs at the time of their greatest need, for generation after generation.

The name Macha may derive from a root meaning 'plain'; She is associated with horses, and has been linked with the Welsh Rhiannon.

I have shown Macha here with a hooded crow, Her robe the color of dried blood; She is walking a battlefield in the early morning mist.
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