A Monster a Day, the Death Warning Banshee of Ireland

If she comes to you at night, be warned…

By The Fairytale Traveler’s contributing author, Ed Mooney

Illustration from Ed Mooney

Illustration from Ed Mooney

Woman of the fairy mounds. She is known as a fairy in Irish Mythology that is an omen, a messenger from the Otherworld. The message she shares is death.

Here in the United States we can relate her to the Grim Reaper however, unlike the Reaper who can actually cause death, the Banshee or Bean-Sidhe only warns of fateful death.

In Scottish Gaelic mythology, she has been described as a woman washing the blood from the clothes of those about to perish.

Similar legends are found in WelshNorse, and American folklore. Continue reading..


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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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