Irish folklore has many legends that are known throughout the world. The story of the banshee is one of those legends. According to Collins English Dictionary (2013), a banshee is a female spirit whose wailing warns of impending death. The following is information about the banshees that Bangor area residents may find interesting.
What is a banshee?
The banshee has many names including; Benshee, Lady of Death, and White Lady of Sorrow. Stories of the banshee originated in Ireland, but have grown to cover other places including North America.
A banshee is a disembodied spirit that is, for some reason, still tied to the Earthly plane. A banshee is believed to be tied to a specific family. The intent of the spirit can either be good or bad. In life, the girl may have hated the family that she follows. The banshee may also like the family and choose to watch over them. There is even a chance that the family is that of the spirit. It is said that the banshee will watch over the members of the family until the last person is dead and buried. The banshee wails to warn those who are going to die. There is also belief that he banshee’s wails warn others of the upcoming death of a loved one.
What does a banshee look like?
Banshees are always female. Their descriptions vary because not everyone who has seen one gives the same account. A banshee can be young, middle aged, or old. Many times she is seen as an old hag. No matter what the age of the banshee, she is usually seen with long, untidy hair. Sometimes she has red eyes and others have said yellow. She is sometimes seen with a mouth that appears to be stuck open.