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

The Dullahan – the Irish headless horseman

The Kiss of Death.

Seeks Ghosts: Irish Headless Horseman: The Dullahan

Cemeteries Ghosts Graveyards Spirits: Cambridge #Graveyard, England.

Cemeteries Ghosts Graveyards Spirits: Skeletons.

Dullahan - I wonder if this is where Washington Irving got his idea for the Headless Horseman in Sleepy Hollow.

Cemeteries Ghosts Graveyards Spirits: Weeping statue.

Cemeteries Ghosts Graveyards Spirit: Lone Fir #Cemetery in Portland, Oregon, USA.

The Headless Horseman by Grivetart on deviantART

Cemeteries Ghosts Graveyards Spirits: Parisienne Grave.

Cemeteries Ghosts Graveyards Spirits: Overgrown.

Cemeteries Ghosts Graveyards Spirits: An Ode to Dying Spirits.

Death and Gravestone Symbolism

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.


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.

Graveyard in Iceland.