Spiderkeg wrote:Well I know what a Banshee is, a wailing ghost, but in your research what details did you discover of what they were?
I've heard lots of tales stating that a Banshee is someone who is cursed, or someone looking for a lost love, or Leprechauns gone bad, etc.
What have you discovered?
Actually, nobody can really agree exactly on what a Banshee is as far as species. But traditionally a banshee appears as a young woman dressed either in white or green with a grey cloak standing by the roadside near a house belonging to one of the oldest families in Ireland when a member of the family has died. She is almost always seen as weeping over the person's death, however there are a few tales of one gloating over the death of a rival. There is a version of banshee in Scotland that's entirely malevolent, but in Ireland there usually fairly good-natured. There is speculation that a banshee is the ghost of the last female to die in the family she's associated with, but just as often they're considered fairies.
I'm actually working on a project involving Celtic folk and fairytales, so if there's any other creature you want info on feel free to ask.