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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.

In legend, a banshee is a fairy woman who begins to wail if someone is about to die. Banshees were said to appear for particular Irish families, though which families made it onto this list varied depending on who was telling the story. Stories of banshees were also prevalent in the West Highlands of Scotland. In Welsh folklore, a similar creature is known as the Hag of the mist.

An Indian legend says: "When a human dies, there is a bridge they must cross to enter into heaven. At the head of the bridge waits every animal that human encountered during their lifetime. The animals, based on what they know of this person, decide which humans may cross the bridge... and which are turned away."

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Were the Woodwoses of medieval legend a British equivalent of Bigfoot? In medieval art and literature there are many references to savage, hairy creatures, part man and part beast. They are known as ‘Woodwoses’, from the Anglo-Saxon meaning ‘man-of-the-wood’.

A Yowie....an unidentified hominid reputed to lurk in the Australian wilderness. Reports of yowie-type creatures are common in the legends and stories of Australian Aboriginal tribes, particularly those of the eastern states of Australia.

The Baby Faced Asylum Tombstone Near the center of Cedar Hill Cemetery is a large tombstone with a 3-D image of a baby's face carved on it. According to legend, if you stare at the baby's face for a while and then turn away, when you look back at the tombstone, the baby will be looking in a different direction. So make sure you take one last glance over your shoulder when you're walking away from this tombstone. Because you never know who, or what, might be watching you.

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The Mermaid of Zennor, originally a pew-end, stands in the small chapel on the right hand side of the church. It is reputed to be five or six hundred years old. According to a local legend, the mermaid came up the stream from the sea to listen to the beautiful singing of a chorister named Matthew Trewella. She enticed him down to the beach and into the sea, and he was never seen again. For many years after his voice could be heard in Pendour Cove as he sang to his merm...

Jay's Grave, Dartmoor Devon. Little is known about the woman buried here, though according to legend she was an 18th century workhouse orphan who was scorned by her lover. After committing suicide she was buried with a stake through her heart. In 1860 she was reburied and in years afterwards flowers would appear, though there were never any prints in the snow on or around the grave. In recent years there have been several reports of a footless apparition that floats around the grave of Kitty Jay

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The Golden Lion public house on Moor Lane in Lancaster is reputed to be where the condemned were allowed to partake of a final drink before being publicly hanged on the moors above the town. Local legend tells of the spirit of a nun, who provided succour to the poor victims, who still walks the premises and further stories tell of a secret tunnel existing somewhere in the cellar. Do the spirits of the infamous Lancashire Witches still return to haunt this place?