Called many things, a Banshee by any other name is still a Banshee, including Banshi, Benshee, a wailing fairy (female), the 'Woman of Peace,' the 'Lady of Death,' the 'Angel of Death,' the 'White Lady of Sorrow,' the 'Nymph of the Air,' or the 'Spirit of the Air.' Whatever you call her, she is one thing, and one thing alone; an entity; but not a ghost or spirit. The Irish are a superstitious lot and believe that the souls of the departed do not necessarily get taken from this earth, but are destined to dwell on Earth, tied forever. These souls are said to either enjoy the happiness of the life they lived, or forced to suffer the punishment of eternal damnation should they have lived their life of sin and evil, whose spirits remain restrained and forced to pay for their sinful ways close tor where their sins were committed. Banshees are spirits still tied to earthly matters. They are said to attend only to the old families. Banshees are believed to follow the family, either with good intent or ill, until every last descendant has died and been buried. Though it is said a Banshee will not follow family members to foreign lands, it instead stays by the beautiful Irish shores. They either had strong ties to their family, and a desire in death to watch over them, or in life, they had reasons to hate their family. This gives us two distinct types of Banshees. Nearly everyone on the planet has heard the stories of a Banshee, so now close your eyes and imagine what the word means to you. What sort of image does it conjure up in your mind? What do you see; a floating, ghostly mist, or maybe a figure hovering above the tree tops or even lurking behind them, the whole while howling loudly through the dark woods?  Well, you're on the right track. However, there's so much more to the tale, or should we say myth? The Banshee in really nothing more than a rich, fabrication of an interesting myth, created when there was not television or radio, from a much more superstitious era, from a superstitious land known as Ireland. In reality, as mentioned above, Ireland is rich with fables, stories and myths of fairies, ghosts, leprechauns and other strange entities, usually tied to the four elements of Earth, Air, Water, and Fire. Yet none is so inspiring as the fear of a Banshee, even mentioning the word makes and Irishman shiver in fear. We imagine unearthly howls in the forest on a dark night. The truth is, it's nothing more than a scary tale designed to draw upon the imagination of the listener, which can be quite terrifying if told well. But then again, any story of the living regarding the wrath of a woman, can be frightening, as we all know how right Shakespeare was when he said 'there is no wrath like that of a woman scorned,' and turn that thought into an angry, vindictive, screaming, pissed-off, entity taking on a female form running around in the countryside at night...and you'll get the picture. After all, what better way to keep your children in after dark, than to scare the ‘bejusus’ out of them! The content of this website is the copyright of World Nexus Publications © 2008-2011