The Dullahan, the Irish headless horseman, a harbinger of death. Wear some gold, which is his Kryptonite.

The Dullahan – the Irish headless horseman

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Cemeteries Ghosts Graveyards Spirits: Ghost.

The Headless Horseman by Grivetart on deviantART

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Death and Gravestone Symbolism

Kalma The Finnish goddess of death

The Irish aren’t the only ones who have these ghastly harbingers of death. In Scotland, the folks dreaded the feared “bean-nighe,” a spectral washing woman, though to have died in childbirth. In death, the poor soul is often seen near bodies of water, washing the shrouds of those who are soon to die. Though, like the Irish banshee, the bean-nigh is a frightful apparition who sings sad dirges and wails hideously, it will also tell passersby who it’s waiting to take to the afterlife if questio...

Giltine (pronounced GIL-tea-nay) is the Lithuanian Goddess of Death. Her name derives from a word which means both “yellow” and “stinging”, and it is said that she has a poisonous tongue. She collects the poison from graveyards, and then uses it to lick those whose death is imminent. She is also known to strangle her victims.

The most familiar of all death omens is, of course, Ireland’s banshee. Her name in Gaelic

The Banshee, from the Irish “bean sí” (“woman of the síde” or “woman of the fairy mounds”) is a female spirit in Irish folklore, usually seen as a harbinger of death, as well as a messenger from the Otherworld. In Irish legend, a banshee is a fairy woman who begins to wail if someone is about to die.


The Ankou is the henchman of Death (oberour ar maro) and he is also known as the grave yard watcher, they said that he protects the graveyard and the souls around it for some unknown reason and he collects the lost souls on his land. The last dead of the year, in each parish, becomes the Ankou of his parish for all of the following year. When there has been, in a year, more deaths than usual, one says about the Ankou: - War ma fé, heman zo eun Anko drouk. ("on my faith, this one is a na...

Graveyard in Iceland. By Zanthia on Flickr.

Aine is the Irish goddess of summer, love, wealth, and fertility. Her husband was Crom Dubh, also called Cromm Cruach, the Irish god of death and the harvest.