Alternative Names: ban shee, badbh, badhbh, badhbh, bean sidhe, ben sid, bean si, ben side, ban-sith, bean-shith, bean sith, ben shee
Origin: Celtic (Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man)
- Old Celtic families were believed to have their own banshee who attended only that family and sang the death song for its members. Some of the families knew their banshee by name, such as Cliodna (of the McCarthy family from South
Munster) and Aoibhill (of the Dalcassion family of North Munster). A banshee connected to a specific family will follow that family even if the immigrate to another country.
- The Banshee is occasionally reported to be combing her hair as she wails. Sometimes the comb is silver and sometimes it is gold.
- There is no agreed time of day or night at which the banshee wails. Some say it is in the morning or late at night, while others claim she usually wails at noon.
- The banshee is often linked to Celtic goddesses (i.e. Aine)
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