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The Day of the Dead is also celebrated to a lesser extent in other Latin American countries; for example, it is a public holiday in Brazil, where many Brazilians celebrate it by visiting cemeteries and churches. The holiday is also observed in the Philippines. Observance of the holiday has spread to Mexican-American communities in the United States, where in some locations, the traditions are being extended. Similarly-themed celebrations also appear in some Asian and African culture.
Though the subject matter may be considered morbid from the perspective of some other cultures, celebrants typically approach the Day of the Dead joyfully, and though it occurs at the same time as Halloween, All Saints' Day and All Souls Day, the traditional mood is much brighter with emphasis on celebrating and honoring the lives of the deceased, and celebrating the continuation of life; the belief is not that death is the end, but rather the beginning of a new stage in life.
perhaps then this little piccie should be more jovial.. but she is all broken up at this time of the year..
Traditionally, when a citizen of an Irish village died, a woman would sing a lament (in Irish: caoineadh, ) at their funeral. These women singers are sometimes referred to as "keeners". Legend has it that, for five great Gaelic families: the O'Gradys, the O'Neills, the O'Briens, the O'Connors, and the Kavanaghs, the lament would be sung by a fairy woman; having foresight, she would appear before the death and keen. When several banshees appeared at once, it indicated the death of someone great or holy. The tales sometimes recounted that the woman, though called a fairy, was a ghost, often of a specific murdered woman, or a woman who died in childbirth.
Banshees are frequently described as dressed in white or grey, and often having long, fair hair which they brush with a silver comb, a detail scholar Patricia Lysaght attributes to confusion with local mermaid myths. This comb detail is also related to the centuries-old traditional romantic Irish story that, if you ever see a comb lying on the ground in Ireland, you must never pick it up, or the banshees (or mermaids - stories vary), having placed it there to lure unsuspecting humans, will spirit such gullible humans away. Other stories portray banshees as dressed in green, red or black with a grey cloak.
Whatever her origins, the banshee chiefly appears in one of three guises: a young woman, a stately matron or a raddled old hag. These represent the triple aspects of the Celtic goddess of war and death, namely Badhbh, Macha and Mor-Rioghain.) She usually wears either a grey, hooded cloak or the winding sheet or grave robe of the unshriven dead. She may also appear as a washer-woman, and is seen apparently washing the blood stained clothes of those who are about to die. In this guise she is known as the bean-nighe (washing woman).
Although not always seen, her mourning call is heard, usually at night when someone is about to die. In 1437, King James I of Scotland was approached by an Irish seeress or banshee who foretold his murder at the instigation of the Earl of Atholl. This is an example of the banshee in human form. There are records of several human banshees or prophetesses attending the great houses of Ireland and the courts of local Irish kings. In some parts of Leinster, she is referred to as the bean chaointe (keening woman) whose wail can be so piercing that it shatters glass. In Kerry, the keen is experienced as a "low, pleasant singing"; in Tyrone as "the sound of two boards being struck together"; and on Rathlin Island as "a thin, screeching sound somewhere between the wail of a woman and the moan of an owl".
The banshee may also appear in a variety of other forms, such as that of a hooded crow, stoat, hare and weasel - animals associated in Ireland with witchcraft.
Grims......usually taking the form of a black dog act as guardians of cemetaries..Especially fond of it's young charges... the Grim may appear as a friendly companion, or if challenged, a protective adversary.
Perhaps taken from the very early practice of burying an animal as protection in a cemetary as the first interment in hopes that the spirit would therefore keep grave robbers at bay.
Though the above explanation is certainly not within the UnSeelie realm....., the Shapeshifting Grim is indeed a character that you might encounter there....
The Hammadryads are three nymphs or Dryads whose life is bound to the tree whose life they share....When it is cut down, so they also die. The upper half of their bodies are female...while the lower half are the trunks and roots of the tree......
Greetings.....step into the shadows.......Let me welcome you.... I am LeananSidhe... denizen of the Unseelie court.....Let me first explain whom and what the Unseelie are.......
One of the meaner humans of the time, was a nefarious wizard, a student of the magicks of the nether world. Because of his particular hatred of the fae, he rallied his studious friends, and together they enacted a ritual to summon a horde of demons to the isles to fight and destroy the fae.
These demons were known as the Fomorians, and the wounds they caused the fae are still felt to this day. Like assassins in the night, these hellish fiends tracked down and slaughtered the fae.
Luckily for them, the fae had been planning a pilgrimage to one of their holy places, a land called Tir Na Nog, or land of Youth. They had been constructing a magical fleet of ships, which was half-constructed. The fae gathered at the beaches and ran to the ships.
As they began boarding an army of Fomorians spotted them and charged to the attack. It was then that the High General of the Unseelie Court called his troops together. Although disliked by the other courts because of the darkness of their pranks, and indeed their personalities in general, the Unseelie were fighters of no small skill.
The Unseelie made a valiant stand at those forgotten beaches, and managed to hold of the Fomorians, and eventually, to force them into retreat. Because of the fierceness of the fighting, the Unseelie suffered grave wounds, and were forced to flee into their underground sanctuary to rest, sleep, and heal their wounds.
Above ground, all of the fae had escaped except for several members of the Seelie Court. These fae again banded together in an order known as The Daoine Sidhe, and eventually settled back into their old life style.
After many moons had risen and fell, the Unseelie awakened, their wounds finally healed. Obyron brought his followers forward, and petitioned the Seelie Lords for admission into the Daoine Sidhe, hoping that their valiant defense would atone for any past wrongs.
Indeed, the Unseelie were accepted and they set about their task of defending their brethren from those that would harm them, while avenging old wounds done.
The Unseelie are notedly dark in nature and enjoy meaner pranks. They are also the avengers of the fae, seeking out and destroying known enemies of the Fae. Despite these traits, they are noted to be honorable and occasionally kind people, though to this day, they still despise humans for summoning the Fomorian army against them.
That said........I welcome you to the mist shrouded enchantment of Unseelie.......where not all is what it seems......and more..
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