Monday, December 13, 2010

Monday Mythical Creatures

Bean Sidhe
Irish - "Woman of the mounds"


  • Usually shows up in one of there forms : a young woman, a matron or an old hag.
  • Usually wears simple country clothes and has long white/very pale hair
  • The Bean Sidhe visits a household and by keening (wailing) she warns that a member of thier family is about to die.
  • She is also known as Bean-nighe or washing women as she is sometimes seen in lonely places washing the clothes of those soon to die.
  • The Bean-Sidhes keening happens the night before the person is to die.
  • The Bean Sidhe is often mistaken as taking the form of a crow
  • They are said to appear around natural forces such as trees, rivers and stones.

Bean Sidhe in Books
My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent (and the others in the series) - The main characters are Bean Sidhe
The Banshee: The Irish Death Messanger by Patricia Lysaght - A resource/educational book on the banshee
The Mystery of the Moaning Banshee - a young adult mystery book featuring a banshee

1 Comment:

  1. Crystal said...
    I love when you do these! I look forward to reading them every Monday:-)

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