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Mythology & Beliefs: Manes
In Greek and Roman Mythology, Manes were souls of dead Romans, particularly of ancestors.

Manes in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology i.e. " the good ones" [MANA], is the general name by which the Romans designated the souls of the departed; but as it is a natural tendency to consider the souls of departed friends as blessed spirits, the name of Lares is frequently used as synonymous with Manes, and hence also they are called dii Manes, and were worshipped with divine honours. (Cic. de Leg. 2.9, 22; Apul. de Deo Socrat. ; August. de Civ. Dei, 8.26, 9.11; Serv. ad Virg. Aen. 3.63, 168; Ov. Fast. 2.842; Hor. Carm. 2.8.9.) At certain seasons, which were looked upon as sacred days (feriae denicales), sacrifices were offered to the spirits of the departed with the observance of various ceremonies. But an annual festival, which belonged to all the Manes in general, was celebrated on the 19th of February, under the name of Feralia or Parentalia, because it was more especially the duty of children and heirs to offer sacrifices to the shades of their parents and benefactors. (Ov. Fast. 2.535; Tertull. Resur. Carn. 1.) - A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, William Smith, Ed.

Manes in Wikipedia In ancient Roman religion, the Manes or Di Manes are chthonic deities sometimes thought to represent the souls of deceased loved ones. They were associated with the Lares, Genii, and Di Penates as deities (di)) that pertained to domestic, local, and personal cult. They were honored during the Parentalia and Feralia in February. Latin spells of antiquity were often addressed to The Manes, who were the spirits of deceased ancestors.[1]...

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