Bean Sidhe

The term banshee is an anglicization of the Irish bean sídhe or bean sí, or the Scots Gaelic bean shìth, – both meaning “woman of the fairy mounds” or “woman of peace”. Both names are derived from the Old Irish ben sídhe: bean: “woman”, and sídhe: “of the mounds”
In Irish legend, a banshee wails around a house if someone in the house is about to die. There are particular families who are believed to have banshees attached to them, and whose cries herald the death of a member of that family. Traditionally, when a citizen of an Irish village died, a woman would sing a lament (in Irish: caoineadh, [ˈkiːnʲə] or [ˈkiːnʲuː], “caoin” meaning “to weep, to wail”) at their funeral. These women singers are sometimes referred to as “keeners” and the best keeners would be in much demand. Legend has it that, for five great Gaelic families: the O’Gradys, the O’Neills, the O’Briens, the O’Connors, and the Kavanaghs, the lament would be sung by a fairy woman; having foresight, she would sing the lament when a family member died, even if the person had died far away and news of their death had not yet come, so that the wailing of the banshee was the first warning the household had of the death.


  • izzybeth
    izzybethalmost 6 years ago

    Thank you for the lesson. and the lovely image.

  • Thanks izzy! Glad you enjoyed it!
                                            *_:)_* Tony.

    – A90Six

  • mrscarlotta
    mrscarlottaalmost 6 years ago

    Wow, you learn some thing different every day with a little help from your friends, love this piece hon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Hi Carlotta! Glad it brought you something new!
                                            *_:)_* Tony.

    – A90Six

  • andreisky
    andreiskyalmost 6 years ago

    Great image Tony!

  • Thanks Andrei!
                                            *_:)_* Tony.

    – A90Six

  • Pip Gerard
    Pip Gerardalmost 6 years ago

    wow very cool. Intrigued as to how you would’ve done it. Something mirrored I would assume. This and your previous image are really amazing.

  • Thanks Pip! So glad you like it! I think it’s a bit of an acquired taste, seeing as the comment and faves on both are on the low side, but I like them and that’s what counts for me. It’s great when others do to, but hey, we’re all different, thankfully. How boring it would be if we all liked the same things.
                                            *_:)_* Tony.

    – A90Six

  • Polly x
    Polly xalmost 6 years ago

    Ah, now I see her, screaming at the top of the image with hands by her head. Excellent work. Irish flag colours and Celtic design – clever!

  • Thanks P!
                                            *_:)_* Tony.

    – A90Six

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