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However, the fear she instills in people who have the bad luck of hearing her is always the same. What all witnesses of the Banshee agree on is most terrifying wailing.

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The Banshee is famous for her long, melancholy keening, which is an Irish word which is used to describe the lament that women used to do over the body of a deceased person to ward off evil spirits. Stories have been passed down through generations of Irish families with their personal experiences and meetings with the Banshee and this family were no different.

He was probably three sheets to the wind after partaking of a snifter to keep the cold out. On arriving home he told my grandmother that he had tried to comfort an old woman he had met along the way.

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My Grandmother, with all her knowledge of the old Irish legends , knew straight away what this old lady represented and hurried my Uncle to bed reassuring him that she, herself, would have a look for the old woman. As children, we used to plague my uncle to recount the story of the night he tried to invite the Banshee in for tea!

Legend of the Banshee

Neolithic Period. The Banshee may sometimes only be heard keening an Irish word used to describe the wailing that women used to do over the body of a deceased person to ward off evil spirits but when the Banshee decides to appear she may take the form of the following:.

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The Banshee - Legends, Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland

The Banshee. The Banshee may sometimes only be heard keening an Irish word used to describe the wailing that women used to do over the body of a deceased person to ward off evil spirits but when the Banshee decides to appear she may take the form of the following: - An old woman dressed in black with long grey hair and covering her face with a veil. This is the type of Banshee portrayed in Hollywood horror films.

Here in Ireland we have a much less gory view of the Banshee.

The Banshee – Celtic Messengers of Death

The Banshee does not bring death but warns that death is near and this gives the family a chance to prepare and it is not necessarily a violent death it may be of a family member that has lived to years of age. She is there as an escort to ensure that the loved one passes safely to the other side.

I remember being told of an uncle who was walking home one cold blustery night and on arriving home told my grandmother that he had tried to comfort an old woman, dressed in black with a veil over her face, who was crying and wailing outside the house but every time he went over to her she moved away and kept pointing at the house.