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Psychopomps: Gods and Goddesses of the Underworld and Otherworld

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…

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.

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The Cry Of The Banshee

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.

Dullahan - The fierce and powerful dullahan is a headless horse rider found in Irish folklore and mythology. For centuries the Irish have believed in its existence, especially during the Middle Ages and have described him/her to be a harbinger of death that traveled on a black horse

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The Black Friar of Newstead Abbey and Friends: Death Omens

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

A Gancanagh (from Irish: Gean Cánach meaning "love talker") is a male faerie in Irish mythology that is known for seducing human women. They are thought to have an addictive toxin in their skin that make the humans addicted to them. The women seduced by this type of faerie typically die from the withdrawal, pining away for the Ganacanagh's love or fighting to the death for his love.

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…

Enjaku (Japanese). Ichikawa Yonezô as the Ghost of Oiwa, 1865. Japan. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, in honor of James C. Y. Watt, 2011 (2011.152) #ghost #Halloween