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Posted: 31-Oct-2008, 12:59 PM
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Posted: 31-Oct-2008, 01:19 PM
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Posted: 31-Oct-2008, 01:39 PM
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Yes, Happy Samhain and Halloween to everyone also!


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Posted: 31-Oct-2008, 01:57 PM
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Posted: 31-Oct-2008, 02:16 PM
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Happy Samhuinn and may you never hear the Bansith.


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Posted: 31-Oct-2008, 02:45 PM
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Happy Halloween and Harvest Festival.

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please what is a Bansith? I know the banshee and the pucca but I know not this one.
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Posted: 31-Oct-2008, 02:47 PM
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Happy Helloween to everyone also

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Posted: 31-Oct-2008, 03:24 PM
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QUOTE (RebeccaAnn @ 31-Oct-2008, 02:45 PM)

please what is a Bansith?

There are many variant spellings for the word banshee, and this is one. Ban sidhe, "woman of the fairies". Associated with the divide between life and death -- as in this interesting piece of lore about foxglove or digitalis which, with much experience and prudent care, was once used to make a weak heart beat more strongly:

Digitalis purpurea - Foxglove
Lus nam bansith (Fairy woman's plant) - [Gaelic]

Foxglove is a striking plant of shady woodlands and disturbed areas. The heart regulating drug digitalis, which has been in use for at least 250 years, is extracted from this plant. The 'Pharmacopoeia Edinburgensis', a medical text from 1730s Edinburgh, lists this plant as amongst those found in apothecaries (early pharmacies) in Scotland, and states that the leaves were the main parts used.

The Gaelic name given above, Lus nam bansith refers to the fact that this plant has had long associations with the faerie folk, or shidhe, as they are known in Gaelic (hence, in English we have 'folk's glove' - the glove of the little people). There is an account from the 1620s of a woman tried for witchcraft for her supposed associations with the faerie folk. She was supposed to have killed a child by poisoning it with foxglove. A more likely scenario was that she was a healer and was unable to dose her cure correctly, resulting in the death.

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* Darwin, T. (1996) The Scots Herbal. Mercat Press, Edinburgh.
* Shaw, P. (1730) Pharmacopoeia Edinburgensis. William Innys, London.



A blessed samhain, with your loved ones safe around you and your departed ones peaceably welcome in your heart.
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stoirmeil;
According to Dwelly's Scots Gaelic to English Dictionary, The Bansith is a Female Fairy that Highlanders of old believed the wailings of this being were heard before a Chiertains Death. If she made an appearance she was dressed in a green mantel and had dishevelled hair. She is the Irish Banshee.

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QUOTE (Camac @ 31-Oct-2008, 03:46 PM)
stoirmeil;
According to Dwelly's Scots Gaelic to English Dictionary, The Bansith is a Female Fairy that Highlanders of old believed the wailings of this being were heard before a Chiertains Death. If she made an appearance she was dressed in a green mantel and had dishevelled hair.  She is the Irish Banshee.

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http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/f...ey/chapter2.htm

http://www.monstropedia.org/index.php?title=Banshee

She seems to have some little differences in the legend between theScots and the Irish -- I have also read of her being a washerwoman beating bloody garments on the bank of a stream, seen on the eve of battle, in the Scots lore. I don't think I had read that certain great clans have their own dark keening ladies, as this interesting article states, but it seems to fit.

Some equate her with, or have the legend of the banshee descended from, the Morrigan:
http://www.pantheon.org/articles/m/morrigan.html
http://www.druidry.org/obod/deities/morrigan.html
http://www.maryjones.us/jce/morrigan.html
This last site of Mary Jones deserves a long, leisurely exploration. She is a real scholar.

Good tales for the hearth at the dark of the year -- still, peace and comfort to everyone in the memory of our departed.
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Posted: 31-Oct-2008, 05:14 PM
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Trick or Treat smell my feet Give me something good to eat!!

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Posted: 31-Oct-2008, 05:31 PM
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did anybody try the link????
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Nobody told me I couldn't do it. tongue.gif Very Nice sight.

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Happy Halloween everyone and may you get first choice in your children's/grandchrildren's treats!

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