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There’s a Reason We Use the Phrase “Screaming Like a Banshee”

posted: 09/08/16
by: Sasha Brown-Worsham
Bunworth Banshee, Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland by Thomas Crofton Croker, 1825
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Bunworth Banshee, Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland by Thomas Crofton Croker, 1825
W.H. Brooke via Wikimedia Commons

If you have ever said someone is screaming "like a banshee" then you know at least part of what this Gaelic spirit does. She screams. A banshee is a female spirit from Irish mythology who appears before the death of someone prominent in a family and wails and screams loudly. She can be old or young, but often has disheveled hair and wears red or green. When several appear at once, it means someone very prominent or holy is about to die. Though she is often called a fairy, others say she is a spirit of either a murdered woman or a woman who died in childbirth.


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