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Bean Nighe - “Washer Woman”

Similar to the Banshee, the Bean Nighe is an omen of death in Scottish Folklore. The Bean Nighe are often seen washing the cloths 

As the “Washer at the Ford” she wanders near deserted streams where she washes the blood from the grave-clothes of those who are about to die. It is said that mnathan nighe (the plural of bean nighe) are the spirits of women who died giving birth and are doomed to do this work until the day their lives would have normally ended.

bean nighe is described in some tales as having one nostril, one big protruding tooth, webbed feet and long-hanging breasts, and to be dressed in green. If one is careful enough when approaching, three questions may be answster child. The mortal can then gain a wish from her. If a mortal passing by asks politely, she will tell the naered by the Bean Nighe, but only after three questions have been answered first. A mortal who is bold enough to sneak up to her while she is washing and suck her breast can claim to be her fomes of the chosen that are going to die. While generally appearing as a hag, she can also manifest as a beautiful young woman when it suits her, much as does her Irish counterpart the bean sídhe.” — Wikipedia

Type of Mythology: Celtic Folklore

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bean_nighe

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I normally don’t copy and paste paragraphs from Wikipedia, but whoever wrote the above paragraph did a great job and there was little I could do to truncate or improve it.

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