Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Week 41 - Banshee

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Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Week 41 - Banshee

Welcome to the forty-first issue of my fantasy features news article!  I hope you enjoy it, and please, show the featured artists some love and recognition through pageviews, :+fav:'s and :+devwatch:'s!
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This week's creature feature is: Banshee


From Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banshee:

The Banshee, from the Irish bean sí ("woman of the síde" or "woman of the fairy mounds") is a feminine spirit in Irish mythology, usually seen as an omen of death and a messenger from the Otherworld.
In Irish legend, a banshee is a fairy woman who begins to wail if someone is about to die. Similar creatures are also found in Welsh, Norse and American folklore. Sightings of Banshees have been reported as recently as 1948.

The story of the bean-sidhe began as a fairy woman keening at the death of important personages. In later stories, the appearance of the banshee could foretell death. Banshees were said to appear for particular Irish families, though which families made it onto this list varied depending on who was telling the story. Stories of Banshees were also prevalent in the West Highlands of Scotland.
The banshee can appear in a variety of guises. Most often she appears as an ugly, frightening hag, but she can also appear as a stunningly beautiful woman of any age that suits her. The hag may also appear as a washer-woman, or bean-nighe (washing woman), and is seen washing the blood stained clothes or armour of those who are about to die.

Although not always seen, her mourning call is heard, usually at night when someone is about to die and usually around woods. In 1437, King James I of Scotland was approached by an Irish seer or banshee who foretold his murder at the instigation of the Earl of Atholl. There are records of several prophets believed to be incarnate banshees attending the great houses of Ireland and the courts of local Irish kings. In some parts of Leinster, she is referred to as the bean chaointe (keening woman) whose wail can be so piercing that it shatters glass. In Kerry in the southwest of Ireland, her keen is experienced as a "low, pleasant singing"; in Tyrone in the north, as "the sound of two boards being struck together"; and on Rathlin Island as "a thin, screeching sound somewhere between the wail of a woman and the moan of an owl".



Now, for the features!  Works are featured from various categories, in no particular order:


Harbringer of Death- SDS Wrath by DarkGuardiann Banshee by Erulisse2 Banshee by Eisblume Banshi by Sinto-risky Anima: Banshee by Wen-M
Banshe Final Swatch? by WickedKeen Banshee Illustration by KumoriKiku Banshee by michellemonique Banshee's Scream by FallenLord Bean Sidhe by RavenScarlett :thumb257047658:
Banshee by missVarlou The Banshee by CELTICSCREAM Banshee scream by mercurialfox Banshee's moan by Nathalee The Seely Keener by MuseWhimsy banshee by akakuma
Banshee by TatjanaArt Raging Banshee by Noskan hypnotic banshee by Grey-Seagull Banshee by thegryph Banshee by DM7
Banshee by natebaertsch the wail of the banshee by RossanaCastellino :thumb204067291: Neriel by deviantlisard smoke banshee by pixieface Banshee by PorcelainPoet
The Banshee by Xiakeyra :thumb159362770: :thumb257397431: The Banshee's Scream by Windyleaves :thumb177271342: Banshee Bride by CC13
:thumb213230662: Banshee by moonanstars Banshee by Oceanous Banshee by MeduZZa13 :thumb255008474: Banshee by blue-fusion
Nuada vs a Banshee by tonyperna Banshee by MonicaMarinho Banshee Reaper Mini Ghost by spanky-paints Banshee by Magrad Banshee 18 by Tasastock
Card image - Banshee by reaper78 The Banshee by Libellule14 Banshee - lineart by disscordia banshee by ienkub Banshee by HitokiriChibi Banshee by Nephanor
Banshee by gothika248 :thumb88577015: Warcraft 3 - Undead Banshee by binkari :thumb244434469: Banshee by kometani Drowned Banshee by Lehosh
Banshee - without color by artofdawn :thumb245237207: Wrath: Banshee by JessiBeans :thumb186346683: Banshee Speedpaint by MissAisling Wail of the Banshee by FredAckerman



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Previous Issues:
Week 1 - Unicorns: news.deviantart.com/article/78…
Week 2 - Merfolk: news.deviantart.com/article/79…
Week 3 - Eastern Dragons: news.deviantart.com/article/79…
Week 4 - Kitsune: news.deviantart.com/article/80…
Week 5 - Alicorn: news.deviantart.com/article/81…
Week 6 - Gnomes: news.deviantart.com/article/82…
Week 7 - Tanuki: news.deviantart.com/article/83…
Week 8 - Centaurs: news.deviantart.com/article/84…
Week 9 - Special Edition: news.deviantart.com/article/84…
Week 10 - Orcs: news.deviantart.com/article/85…
Week 11 - Dryad: news.deviantart.com/article/87…
Week 12 - Halflings: news.deviantart.com/article/87…
Week 13 - Elves: news.deviantart.com/article/88…
Week 14 - Faeries: news.deviantart.com/article/92…
Week 15 - Vampires: news.deviantart.com/article/93…
Week 16 - Sphinx: news.deviantart.com/article/94…
Week 17 - Griffin: news.deviantart.com/article/94…
Week 18 - Phoenix:  news.deviantart.com/article/95…
Week 19 - Djinn: news.deviantart.com/article/97…
Week 20 - Werewolves: news.deviantart.com/article/97…
Week 21 - Selkie: news.deviantart.com/article/98…
Week 22 - Gargoyles: news.deviantart.com/article/99…
Week 23 - Western Dragons: news.deviantart.com/article/10…
Week 24 - Drow: news.deviantart.com/article/10…
Week 25 - Yeti: news.deviantart.com/article/10…
Week 26 - Kirin: news.deviantart.com/article/10…
Week 27 - Satyr: news.deviantart.com/article/10…
Week 28 - Hippocampus: news.deviantart.com/article/11…
Week 29 - Manticore: news.deviantart.com/article/11…
Week 30 - Leprechauns: news.deviantart.com/article/12…
Week 31 - Pegasus: news.deviantart.com/article/12…
Week 32 - Lamia: news.deviantart.com/article/12…
Week 33 - Kelpie: news.deviantart.com/article/12…
Week 34 - Water Nymphs: news.deviantart.com/article/12…
Week 35 - Kraken: news.deviantart.com/article/12…
Week 36 - Recaps! Part 1: news.deviantart.com/article/16…
Week 36 - Recaps! Part 2: news.deviantart.com/article/16…
Week 38 - Loch Ness Monster: news.deviantart.com/article/16…
Week 39 - Harpy: news.deviantart.com/article/16…
Week 40 - Hippogryph: news.deviantart.com/article/16…
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Marvelous collection. Cheers and thanks for including my modest contribution!