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The Bean Nighe

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The Bean Nighe, also known as the Washer Woman or simply and Banshee, is a phantom that is usually associated with the dead or dying. Stories of Banshees are very common in Scottish and Irish folk lore. In Ireland they are known as Bean Sidh, while in Scottland they are called Bean Nighe. The Banshee is a female spirit who is thought to forewarn of a death. She is most often described having long hair which she occasionally brushes or combs. The Banshee is frequently seen washing bloody clothing which is supposed to belong to the person who's death is near, hence the alternate name "Washer Woman". Originally done by Brian Froud & Alan Lee

This is not my picture it is a drawing from a book a friend gave me as a gift. I thought this pic deserved a part on Deviantart (Hey i'm a poet and i didn't know it!)
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Jun 21, 2012, 7:48:22 PM
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kiss-lamia-lilith's avatar
Its by Brian Froud & Alan Lee if you are looking for the artists :D
AWishInTheNight's avatar
oooo.... tanks so much <3
kiss-lamia-lilith's avatar
no problem one of my fave fey :)
AWishInTheNight's avatar
Me too :D Yay another Irish Lore person! :D

Have you ever read the Iron Fay by Julie Kagawa? They have Folklore creatures in it. :D
kiss-lamia-lilith's avatar
love all different types of mythologies :D and no haven't read that one, read meredith genrty series by Laural K Hamilton has a few different fey in it.
AWishInTheNight's avatar
Oh wow. But look up the Iron King! It has the Unseelie and Seelie Courts, Phoukas, Bean Nighes, Elves, Sirens and lots more! love it so much <3
kiss-lamia-lilith's avatar
cool sounds similar to the series i told you about both feature there too :) also if your intrested in the bean nighes myths looks up the Banshees, the Washer At The Ford, the Morrigan and Cailleach/Beira.
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okay kewl! I'll do that now :D
bbb35's avatar
Awesome! Thanks for putting this up :D
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hahahahha no problem!!!!
bbb35's avatar
Maybe you'll do the Water Witch next? She's a creature that looks normal, save for a eye sealed shut because when open, it's blood redness paralyzes her victims. And her pinky fingernails are hooked, in order to catch a man by his ear or cheek.
AWishInTheNight's avatar
could you send me a story about her? I can't seem to find any...
bbb35's avatar
Oh, my mistake. It's Morwena the Water Witch [link] Here.

She was a character in a series I haven't read in a while, but I think you should give her a try. There's no illustration of her, but you could be the first to draw her. She sounds like your cup of tea :D
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hmm... sounds like a fun idea, only I didn't draw the Bean Nighe picture, someone else did and i posted it. :P but i'll do my best!
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wo-owwww.... that sounds sooo cool! :D i'll wiki it now. :D
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