The banshee "woman of the barrows" is a female spirit, usually seen as an omen of death and a messenger from the underworld.

In legend, a banshee is a fairy woman who begins to wail if someone is about to die. She is often seen washing the bloodstained clothes or armour of those who are about to die.

She sometimes visits a household and by wailing she warns them that a member of their family is about to die. When a Banshee is caught, she is obliged to tell the name of the doomed.
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