Wailin’ like a Banshee! You’re so dead
Sorry I’ve been MIA – here’s a little something I whipped up over at Tea N Strumpets for my Myth Perceptions column!
by Denise Golinowski
Hi! Welcome to Myth Perceptions where I explore and then share aspects of myth and legend that I have encountered in my reading and writing. Currently, I’m exploring the stories, myths and legends pertaining to fairies.
Today’s spotlight is on that original Wailer – The Banshee!
The Banshee – from the original Irish “bean sidhe” – is a fairy creature who foretells death with horrendous wailing.
Myth claims that the banshee will appear as an old woman washing bloody clothing or armor of the one who is to die. Not all banshees shriek, some are quite melodious, though I even read something about it sounding like boards being rubbed together (Everyone’s a critic!). Depending on family mythology, the banshee sometimes appears as a beautiful woman, a rabbit, a crow, a stoat or weasel (creatures associated with witchcraft BTW).
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