Banshee

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Banshee

History/Origin

Taken from Wikipedia: The banshee (or banchee) (/ˈbænʃ/ ban-shee), from Irish: bean sí [bʲæn ˈʃiː] (“woman of the barrows) is a female spirit, usually seen as an omen of death and a messenger from the underworld.

Can be traced back to the 8th century.

Of Celtic origin. In Wales a similar creature is known as a Hag of the Mist.

How do I recognise her?

She will wail outside your window to let you know someone in the family is about to die. Sometimes seen as a washer woman, washing the clothing of one about to die.

Banshees normally wear white or grey and have fair hair. Can appear as a hag, or as a beautiful woman.

Where will I find her?

Banshees attach themselves to families. Most commonly associated to those with a Mac surname. She’ll find you.

How do I get her attention?

It is said, should you pick up a silver comb from the ground, a banshee will spirit you away.

How do I escape?

They don’t mean you any harm. They are simply there to notify you.

General information

When a group of Banshees appear together, it is said to foretell the death of someone very important.

Articles

The Irish Banshee.

Spirits of Legend and Fantasy.

An American banshee? 

The truth behind the Banshee legend? 

Scottish folklore. 

Wraiths. 

Banshee stories. 

Banshee experience (forum).

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