The Banshee Of Celtic Mythology

young form of banshee
young form of banshee | Source
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banshee | Source

Introduction

The banshee is a spirit like being in Celtic Mythology. She is mentioned in Irish Mythology as well as Scottish Mythology. There are actually creatures like this in many different tales, including American.

In this hub you will discover what the Banshee is exactly, you will hear the so said claim a witness made once about the banshee and learn several different other information about this Irish spirit that you may find to be interesting.

What Is The Banshee?

The banshee is a female like spirit who is heard late at night screaming or even singing. She is seen as a death omen among the Irish and a messenger from the Otherworld. The Irish legend states that this feminine like spirit will begin to wail if someone is about to die.

The banshee is barely ever seen but when she is she is seen usually in the three different stages in a woman's life. Either as a young woman, a mother or an old woman. Another legend calls her the Bean-Nighe or washer woman. When she is seen like this she is usually seen washing the blood from the cloths of the person who is about to die. It's said that the banshee can also take form of animals that are associated with this spirit which include the hooded crow, stoat, hare and the weasel. If they were seen as a woman they were usually described as having long pale hair which they'd brush with a silver comb. They'd be dressed in either white or gray. In some tales it is warned if you see this silver comb to never pick it up for the banshees have placed in there to lure unsuspecting humans.

In the legend the banshee can only cry for those who are a part of the five major Irish families which include the O'Briens, the O'Connors, the O'Grady's, the O'Neills, and the Kavanaghs. This however has changed through the years probably because of marriage, making the list longer.

With in some tales of the banshee they later claim that this creature is the Celtic Goddess Morrigan.


Story

This is a story that I found on a website of which I will share the link with you for this is a rather recent story, probably took place in the 1990s or close to it. This woman was sleeping in bed one night. She woke up from a loud wailing noise. She was half asleep still so at first she thought it could have been the neighbor's cat. She got up and walked down her hallway. She mentions not being afraid and that it sounded loud and it was a very sad sound. Once she was in the lounge she discovered that the noise was coming from outside so she opened her curtains and she saw something that she had never seen before. She said it was the head of a lady with hair that was about six feet. She says that the woman was white with a hint of blue and that her hair was blowing about. Her face had been one of the saddest she had ever seen. She was an old lady, with wrinkles. The woman describes it being pitch black outside but that the banshee shone as if their was some kind of light on her. This woman wailed sadly, as if she was crying for a long lost family member. She pulled up a chair and watched the image until it slowly disappeared. Later on a very healthy dog of theirs had died.

Now I have shortened up this story. To read the woman's story word by word you can click on the link that will be at the end of this hub.

Conclusion

In tales I have read it seems that many people fear the Banshee for it is a death omen. The banshee is called a fairy but it is actually a spirit, a ghost like being in the tales the Irish speak of. Upon doing further research I kind of feel sad for this being, though it be folklore, a myth or whatever. It's kind of sad because this spirit seems to be full of sorrow and pain.

No matter what the tale, the Banshee is a death omen. If you wake up hearing a scream or a cry in the middle of the night, perhaps it is a sign.

This is the woman's story

http://www.pararesearchers.org/index.php?/20080731307/Folklore-Mythology/The-Banshee.html

Banshee's Wail Song

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Comments 7 comments

V Qisya 4 years ago

Very interesting, Cresentmoon. Nice work! I enjoyed reading it :D

Voted up and away :D

Best Wishes, V


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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank you V, glad you enjoyed it.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Good morning, This was very interesting information about banshees. Bookmarking the information for maybe using a banshee in a short story. Thanks for sharing.


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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank you Cyndi, that would prove to be an interesting short story I am sure.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

There's some in the woods near here. I hate that screaming .


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

I really enjoyed reading your informative hub. I had never heard that a banshee would wail at the death of an animal so that was quite interesting.


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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Wesman Todd Shaw.... that darn screaming.

homesteadbound... the banshee is a death omen so I guess it could very well mean the death of an an animal or anyone/thing close to you.

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