Banshee the Irish female spirit
Banshee means a woman of the barrows, is a female spirit in Irish mythology, usually identified the omen of death and a messenger from the other world. On the other hand, in legend, she is said to be a fairy who cries when someone is about to die. There has been sighting of a banshee in 1948, also found in Scottish, Welsh, Norse and American mythology, but with different names.
It is believed that there are Irish families who have Banshees attached to them, whose wall is the sign that someone in the family is going to die. Families who are associated with banshees have O or Mc/Mac prefix or last names as Power or Oswald. Traditionally, when someone dies a woman called the keener would sing a lament in Irish known as “Caoineadh” meaning to weep or to wail. It is said that for the great Gaelic families such as the O’Gradys, O’Neills, O’Longs, McCnaimhins, Ua Briain, O Conchobhairs and Camanachd the lament would be sung by a fairy woman, knowing that someone in the families mentioned above will die, will sing the lament on the death of the member no matter where the dead member may be.
Later, it was said that the banshee would appear before the death and warn the family by crying, and when many banshees appear at once it means that someone holy will die. However, many believe that the banshee is not a fairy; rather it is the ghost of a woman who is murdered or has died in childbirth. They are told to be wearing white or gray attire, with long and pale hair which they brush with a silver comb. The comb used by the Banshee is linked with an ancient Irish love story. It is said that if you ever see a comb lying on the ground in Ireland, do not dare to pick it up. If you do so you would attract unsuspecting banshees.
On the other hand, other stories claim that the banshees are dressed in green, red or black with a gray cloak. The banshee is said to appear in any form it wishes to appear as. For example, she can appear as an ugly, scary looking hag or an attractive beautiful woman of any age that she wishes to present herself in, or she can appear as a hooded crow, stoat, hare, and weasel or any other animals which are linked to witchcraft in Ireland.