11/21/2010 05:34:00 PM by Lauren Axelrod ·
Blurb By Kathleen Murphy
It's a sound that's said to turn one's blood to water--the appalling cry of the banshee. The banshee is a female spirit of Irish folklore whose wails presage a death. If you hear the banshee, a relative or nearby neighbor will die. If you see the banshee, well, it's been nice knowing you.
The name banshee comes from the Gaelic bean sidhe, or "woman of the fairies." She's also known as bean nighe, or "washer woman." That's because long ago, when petty wars were common, she was often seen washing the bloody clothes of dead warriors.
From: The Banshee, Ireland's Wailing Ghost
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