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The Banshee


Let me explain what a Banshee is. The banshee is a predictor of death. If someone is about to enter a situation where it is unlikely they will come out of alive she will warn people by screaming or wailing, giving rise to a banshee also being known as a wailing woman.

I live in Canada, and back when my parents had to leave me (I'm the only child) to attend a wedding for 4 days, I was okay with it and since I was teen, I had to live on on my own.

Later at night, I slept and around 11:40, I heard a knock on the kitchen window. I went over to check it. I found an old woman who had red hair staring at me. She spoke in a low and sensitive voice, "open the door, I'm hurt. I need help" I refused to open the door. She shouted "WHAT KIND OF FCKING WOMAN ARE YOU!?" I went to my room (which is downstairs) only to find that she was behind my room curtains. I screamed for help, but I guess no one could hear me. She shouted "YOU LITTLE BICH, YOU THINK YOU COULD GET AWAY?!" I grabbed my phone and dialed the police. The police arrived at about 11:50.

The next day, I had a call from my best friend, Sebastian. And he told me that my classmate (also a very good friend of mine) had passed away. I searched the net for further details about a banshee and and all I got to know is that the wailing or keening of a Banshee is a warning that someone close is going to die. I have no words of how terrifying it was. I told my parents about it and they tried to calm me down. I'm grateful I never saw that ugly thing again.

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freakedoutfreddy (1 stories) (60 posts)
1 month ago (2019-07-20)
That was an impaired person that one of your neighbors let into their house before the police arrived... I think. πŸ˜‰ πŸ€” 😁
bandet888 (83 posts)
1 month ago (2019-07-14)
Hello Iman. You left out one detail. What happened with the woman when the police arrived?
elt (1 stories) (20 posts)
1 month ago (2019-07-10)
Sounds like a very violent banshee I thought they were supposed to warn of death not cause it. πŸ˜• πŸ€” ❀
L_Melb (215 posts)
1 month ago (2019-07-09)
I may be wrong but apart from never hearing of such an "interactive" banshee, I thought they were usually associated with particular families and isn't an awful cry/howl usually obligatory?. Sorry if I'm repeating others as I haven't read the comments yet. Not really sure what to say but I know what I'm thinking... 😢
RCRuskin (8 stories) (549 posts)
1 month ago (2019-07-09)
I am inclined to agree with you, Zaruje, about the original author not participating in the discussion. This story, and a few other recent posts, seem to be submissions from trolls rather than actual experiences of the sort we come here to read and discuss.
Filmbuff1234 (13 stories) (33 posts)
1 month ago (2019-07-09)
In most variations of the banshee legend, they are wailing and the washing bloodstained clothes of people about to die in the woods. I haven't heard of them entering houses either. I agree with everyone else - it probably isn't a banshee. But I have 2 theories though - if it was a spirit it might have been a murdered woman who tried to get help but no one helped her and the death the next day was a coincidence. My second is it is some other sort of entity warning of death. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend.
valkricry (45 stories) (3031 posts) mod
1 month ago (2019-07-09)
Like most of you, I have my doubts if this woman was indeed a banshee. According to many dusty old tombs of lore, the banshee is best known for her wailing or keening. It's said this cry can be heard for miles, and quite chilling to hear. Some narratives described glass windows breaking when the high notes of the plaintive cry were struck.
As for speaking, there are a few accounts where the banshee has spoken out to tell who would die and how, but not in one is there mention of them being violent or even mischievous. And the lady in this story seems quite vocal and unhinged.
Zaruje (13 stories) (169 posts)
1 month ago (2019-07-08)
I think the author won't participate in this discussion. Are banshees suppose to be rude? Maybe it was an actual human being you've encountered. Anyways, who knows.
Bibliothecarius (8 stories) (920 posts)
1 month ago (2019-07-08)
[Ha! πŸ˜† RC, that's priceless. With Iman here explaining what a Banshee is and -Hana- explaining who can see ghosts (Lady In The Mall), there must have been some sort early rush for the full moon on June 16.]

Greetings, Iman,

All Celtic peoples of the British Isles have similar legends on this point: the Irish Banshee, the Scottish Nigheag na h-Γ th, and (as I discovered while looking up the spelling of the Scottish one) the Welsh Cyhyraeth. While it is possible to sneak up on *one* of the Scottish ones (there are several different types) to discover one's fate, the Irish Banshee is a creature of Wild Magic (as in Nature, not Chaos). They are fleeting & ethereal; terrifying in their lack of physical substance and their predictions of death. My Irish mythology references are at school, so I can't verify this immediately, but I can't recall any description of Banshees interacting with ordinary human beings in the familiar legends. Speaking to other supernatural creatures, yes; to ordinary people, no.

The Banshee's distant wailing and keening is described as "bone-chilling" in several accounts. There are descendants of the great Irish & Scottish families who have claimed to hear their respective families' Banshees in both Canada and the United States. Again, though, in the distance or around the perimeter of the family property, *not* banging on the windows or doors.

The woman you encountered sounds terrifying, I grant you. I, too, would have called the police out of concern for my welfare. (Did she shout at you in an Irish accent?) Calling the emergency services because she claimed "I'm hurt. I need help" was the ONLY smart option for you to take, and I fully support your having done the right thing; however, I'm still having trouble seeing how this was a supernatural interaction, rather than a terrifying person who may have been 1) mentally unbalanced, 2) drunk, 3) genuinely injured, or 4) attempting to gain entry into your home through deceit.

If there are some apparently-minor details that you have left out of your initial story, I'd like to know what they were. Here on YGS, we try to apply logic & common sense first, to rule out unsettling but natural events. After we clear that hurdle, intuition, guesses, and investigative conversations take place. We do this habitually, and I know that at least one of my experiences was far less traumatic after one of the Moderators asked me a perfectly sensible and straightforward question.

I look forward to your responses to the questions RC, lady-glow, & I have about this event.

RCRuskin (8 stories) (549 posts)
1 month ago (2019-07-08)
I almost said the same thing, Lady Glow:) Where was the wailing? I've heard of a banshee's curse, but not a cursing banshee before.
lady-glow (11 stories) (2399 posts)
1 month ago (2019-07-08)
That woman was too interactive and rude for a banshee.

I second RCRuskin's question about the police findings.
RCRuskin (8 stories) (549 posts)
1 month ago (2019-07-08)
Hello, Iman. I hope you're doing well after this experience.

So many questions, but I'll start with this one: What did the police find when they arrived?

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