Monday, March 21, 2016

Word of the Day -- Banshee

A banshee is a female spirit in Irish mythology, who heralds the death of a member of one of the prominent Gaelic families.

The banshee is often described in Gaelic lore as wearing red or green, usually with long, disheveled hair. She can appear in a variety of forms. Perhaps most often she is seen as an ugly, frightful hag, but she can also appear as young and beautiful if she chooses. In some tales, the figure who first appears to be a banshee or other cailleach (hag) is later revealed to be the Irish battle goddess, the MorrĂ­gan.

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