Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bean Nighe

My junior independent, or mini-thesis. I've always loved the spirits and monsters that inhabit celtic/gaelic folklore, so I decided to write a story about a Scottish banshee, or bean nighe. Also called 'the little washerwoman,' a bean nighe was a portent of death, and could be seen scrubbing the bloodstained clothes of those who were soon to breath their last. Not too much is known about where the washerwomen come from, though there's a range of speculation: some traditional legends suggest that these ghoulish harbingers were once human women who died in childbirth, cursed to carry out this role for the duration of what would have been their 'full' lifespan. This story offers my own take.

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