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The day of all evil spirits “Halloween” will not come soon, but I decided to talk a little today about the myths and legends of the country in which we live, probably because the sky is again frowning and pouring on us in the Irish rain ... You do not you mind? Well, fine then ...
 
I thought for a long time how to translate this English word “banshee” into Russian, which in its linguistic basis came from the Irish language, and I could not find any equivalent in Russian, probably because in our fairy-tale mythology and folklore like a heroine. I remembered all the fairy tales that I re-read with my daughter in her childhood ... but nothing came to mind ...
Who is Banshee?
 

 Translating from English approximately, it sounds like the “Spirit of the Woman who dwells in cemeteries” or something like that, and which prevents the Irish families from saying that “Death” has already sharpened its scythe and left for living, that is, that someone in the family will soon die. And therefore, strange as it may sound, this young lady is loved by the Irish. Here's how the Irish themselves represent her, in various ways and in their incarnations, although she brought sad news ... 
 
In the image of a charming bride at the wedding table, if the young were not destined to live happily ever after and die in one day ...Someone met her in the face of a nasty old hag at crossroads, if a miserable homeless tramp, a cold and hungry beggar wandered in search of work all over the island ...Or, maybe, she came in nightmares and scared to the half - death, for '' Death '' already knocked on the door itself ...

The old Irish people told me in a pub that the image of this mythical heroine named “Banshee” appeared after years of terrible famine struck Ireland and “Death” then cut the floor of the country ...

Did this “Lady” come out of the inflamed minds of the Irish, who suffered innumerable losses from relatives who died of starvation, or did some “Spirit” from the fifth dimension start materializing from time to time to warn people about the impending death? ...
Who can answer ... Only since then, having arisen once, '' Banshee '' caught on among the Irish and continued to send sad signs to all those who were destined to soon leave this world. 

Before the big battles with the British, people saw how “Banshee”, putting on the disguise of a dirty and toothless old woman with a disgusting face, washed their bloody clothes in the river, and the blood mixed with water, and the river carried off this blood so that it would be shed in cruel battles ...

A considerable number of stories from eyewitnesses to whom horrible signs were sent about the immeasurable death of their fathers and mothers, close relatives, husbands or wives ... Then all the candles in the house and in the crashed window faded away a beautiful young woman with blond long hair and blue eyes appeared , but in her gaze they read death ... a mirror was suddenly broken, and a huge black raven pounded three times with its beak, and people running out of the house saw a woman flying away into the black sky in the estate ...

'' Banshee '' not only danced and appeared to people in the most different forms and at different times ... before the death of someone from the family she always screamed with her most terrible voice ...

Having listened to this lecture on Irish folklore from old people, I naturally asked if something like that happened in your family or in your relatives or neighbors? Three men were silent for a long time, apparently thinking what to say to me, and, finally, one of them told this story.


Since childhood, his brother has been friends with the daughter of their neighbors and the parents had no doubts that their families would be related when the children grew up and decided to get married. Darren was 21 years old when he and Gronha first got engaged, as it should be in Irish families, and two years later decided to get married. A few days before the wedding, when all the relatives came to the house and even from distant America and Australia, the guests sat up until late, all in the same house, continuing to talk peacefully and share family news, when suddenly some strange sound came from the pipe the flame in the fireplace began to fade ... People looked at each other with perplexity on their faces, Grony's father got up and went to the fireplace to make a fire again, he asked Darren to bring fresh logs. The young man went out into the yard for firewood. Time went on and on, father lost patience and opened the door and started calling - “Darren, Darren, where have you gone?” “No one answered him. At that moment, everybody heard a piercing female cry somewhere near the stables. Relatives went out into the yard to find out what could have happened there, and they saw the dead Darren lying on the ground. The young and still unbroken mare, enraged by the piercing terrible scream of '' Banshee '', was frightened by the young man who had approached her and kicked him with a hoof. According to the story of this old man, this family tragedy of his kind occurred 67 years ago ... 

Today, old Irish people told me, who already have great-grandchildren, not just grandchildren, the younger generation does not really believe that Banshee still lives for so many centuries ... But parents, even young ones, remind the children of her late at night if they do not want to go to bed, and say:

'' Here I will call now '' Banshee '' and she will take you away if you don’t go to bed now! ''


Современная ''Banshee'', уже со своим транспортом, на костюмированном фестивале...
 

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