BEAN SI (woman of the barrows)

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Since Halloween has its roots in Celtic tradition (Sahmain), it’s fitting that the banshee originated on the ancient island.

The banshee (bean si) appears in written mythology as early as the 1300s. With small variations, the banshee is a wailing woman with supernatural foresight. She lives on the edges of the natural and supernatural world.

It is said that she could be heard wailing or crying across the moors and her cries would portend a death in the family. Many old families claim to have stories of banshee warnings through the generations.

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