#AtoZChallenge: Banshees

02 Apr


The list of participants can be found here. Thanks to Arlee Bird and the co-hosts for hosting this awesome challenge. Check out the site here.

I’m also participating in a mini-hop that got started on theme reveal day when a few of us realized we had similar themes. It’s called Supernatural A to Z. Click below to check out the list of participants. 🙂

 Day 2 is upon us and what will be the topic of the day I wonder. How about Banshees.  They are considered death omens.  They can be heard keening when someone is about to or has died. It’s the way they mourn the loss. The lore begins that they were Fairy women. They are believed to be Sidhe.  They can appear in many guises but mostly are seen as hags.  They have been featured on many different tv shows such as Charmed. I believe in one of the episode one of the sisters was changing into one.  In Marvel Comics Banshee is the code name for Sean Cassidy.

File:Phoebe Banshee.png




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25 responses to “#AtoZChallenge: Banshees

  1. Sophie Duncan

    04/02/2014 at 9:35 am

    I remember that Charmed episode. 🙂

    I always feel sorry for banshees, since their only purpose is to mourn loss.

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    • sjledge2

      04/02/2014 at 3:56 pm

      Hi Sophie,
      Thanks for stopping by. I agree. That was their purpose and they’re portrayed as hags and other evil looking creatures.

  2. Jolie du Pre (@Joliedupre)

    04/02/2014 at 9:37 am

    I love her long white hair!

    • sjledge2

      04/02/2014 at 3:57 pm

      Hi Jolie,
      The hair definitely draws the attention to her.

  3. Tasha Duncan-Drake (@beren_writes)

    04/02/2014 at 10:54 am

    The banshee seems like she must be a very sad being, only able to mourn those about to die or who have died. Of course there is the question as to what she might be up to when no one is about to pop their clogs… You have to wonder if she helps some along so she has something to do…
    I don’t think I’ve seen that ep of Charmed, I shall have to watch for repeats.
    Tasha’s Thinkings

    • sjledge2

      04/02/2014 at 4:03 pm

      Hi Tasha,
      That’s an interesting thought. It was a pretty good episode.

  4. moondustwriter

    04/02/2014 at 12:26 pm

    Never knew what a banshee was. Thanks for clarifying.
    Happy A to Zing

    In the key of B

    • sjledge2

      04/02/2014 at 4:28 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. They are interesting creatures.

  5. TraceyLynnTobin

    04/02/2014 at 1:18 pm

    Banshees always really freaked me out for some reason…I don’t know where I got the image, but I always picture them as incredibly beautiful women who look very pleasant until suddenly they open a too-wide mouth full of razor-sharp teeth and just start SHRIEKING bloody murder. Gives me the shivers just thinking about it. o.o

    • sjledge2

      04/02/2014 at 4:05 pm

      They are seen as beautiful women in some locations but mostly they’re seen as hags. It’s said they can be seen as many different things including animals. I don’t like them either.

  6. djinnia

    04/02/2014 at 1:44 pm

    i love the bean sidhe from darby o’gill and the little people.

    i think it would be a sad fate to signal the death of a person.

    • sjledge2

      04/02/2014 at 4:06 pm

      I have to agree. I wouldn’t want it to be me that had to do that. One of my books involves the Sidhe and other types of creatures. I love writing about the Fae.

  7. LadyJai

    04/02/2014 at 2:38 pm

    I wonder why they always portray the banshee as a hag. Any thoughts? I mean, I’m sure a screaming banshee can be anyone! 🙂

    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
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    • sjledge2

      04/02/2014 at 4:08 pm

      That’s an interesting question. I don’t know why that is. Everything I found when I researching them for the post kept referring to them as hags but there was no real explanation as to why.

  8. Stephanie Smith

    04/02/2014 at 2:39 pm

    I remeber that episode of Charmed.

  9. coldlakecathy

    04/02/2014 at 5:18 pm

    If I was a mythological creature, I’d probably be a banshee. I’m noisy, I’m old and apparently I’m loud. Wait. That sounds a lot like Roseanne Barr. Was she a banshee?

    • sjledge2

      04/03/2014 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. I’m not sure I would want to be a banshee. She might’ve been. Someone needs to look into that. 🙂

  10. sdneeve1

    04/03/2014 at 5:15 am

    Banshees have the raw end of the deal. Someone should write a story giving them a new purpose behind the myth … show them a little love. 😉

    • sjledge2

      04/03/2014 at 12:42 pm

      That’s true. All they doing is mourning a death or impending death. It would be a good story. I’d read it.

  11. Stacy Claflin

    04/03/2014 at 12:35 pm

    I never knew what one before I saw one on Lost Girl the other night. I hope I never run into one!

    • sjledge2

      04/03/2014 at 12:43 pm

      I need to catch up on Lost Girl. Sounds like my kind of show. I’d never seen one until Charmed.

  12. kborman

    04/03/2014 at 10:31 pm

    I definitely remember that Charmed episode! Though by turned Phoebe into a banshee, she never did look much like an old hag!

    Kate at Daily discovery

  13. Beverly (@Bevimus)

    04/18/2014 at 2:11 pm

    You know, I didn’t actually know their morbid history- I thought they were lost souls who screeched,

    • sjledge2

      04/18/2014 at 2:17 pm

      Yes, it was interesting the things I learned as I was researching them.


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