Banshee


Today, we’ll look at the Banshee.
“Wait, I know about Banshees they aren’t vampires!” I can hear you saying.
Oh, just you wait; you will have your eyes opened soon enough. You will wish you never read this post.
There’s still time for you to run a way and hide.

Are you ready to get on with today’s Vampire Wednesday?
All right then, here we go.

Green Banshee

Green Banshee

The Banshee is now considered a type of Fay (fairy) with vampire tendencies. I never knew Banshee’s had vampire tendencies.
She wears a green dress and grey cloak, her long white hair is loose so it can blow in the wind
Or so says my legends.
A bit about her history before though, she was once believed to be an ancestor spirit that wailed to foretell the upcoming death of one of five major families: The Kavanaghs, The O’Brien’s, The O’Connor’s, The O’Gradys and The O’Neill’s.
Those who hear her wailing cry fear that someone in the family will die the next night.

Did you know that you could come across a banshee washing her shrouds at a riverbank? She’ll be naked of course. If you do find her while she washes, don’t run away. That will just make her mad!
Her long pendulous breast will get in her way. She’ll swing them over her shoulder, and now is your chance. Sneak up to her and pretend to suckle from her breast. Tell her she is your foster mother, and she should accept you. She will answer any question you have.

You could capture her and demand an answer by pointing your sword at her. Now it would be much cooler and much nicer if you convince her she’s your mother, instead of threatening her life, unlife. Whatever you get the point.

banshee

If you find her washing and she sees you first! She may tell you she’s washing the shirt of an enemy. You have to give her a name of one of your enemies. Don’t stop her from her chore or your enemy may die the following night.
You have to give her a name or she’ll attack you and drain you of your blood.
Hummm, drinking your blood, sounds like a vampire to me.

When she’s not washing, she hunts the hills near the lakes and rivers, she’s hunting young men, she’ll take him to a secluded place and drink all of his blood.
Here you’ve been reading waiting to see how a Banshee was in my Vampire post.
Now you know.

Photo Credits:
Green Banshee http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/OurBansheesAreLouder
Banshee http://lgsquirrel.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/wail-of-the-banshee-modern-urban-tale/

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7 thoughts on “Banshee

  1. paulaacton says:

    Hmmmm in my family tree if I go back a few generations there are O’Briens that marry into the Acton line if I hear her cry I shall let you know

  2. This is something I never knew. So cool, and the pictures are fantastic!

  3. I would never have thought to connect banshees with vampires, and yet now you have pointed it out it makes so much sense. This is a great post. 🙂 Brightest Blessings

  4. […] I wish to remind you of those Irish who desire your blood. The Earl of Desmond Dullahan Carricaphouka Castle Abhartach Annis Banshee […]

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