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manes British & World English

(In Roman mythology) the souls of dead ancestors, worshipped as beneficent spirits

mane British & World English

A growth of long hair on the neck of a horse, lion, or other mammal

Manes in Manichaeism British & World English

A dualistic religious system with Christian, Gnostic, and pagan elements, founded in Persia in the 3rd century by Manes (circa 216-circa 276) and based on a supposed primeval conflict between light and darkness. It was widespread in the Roman Empire and in Asia, and survived in eastern Turkestan (Xinjiang) until the 13th century