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The Bean Nighe is Scottish Gaelic for "Washer Woman".
She is a Scottish faery but also known as Bean Sidhe in Ireland; A Banshee.
She wanders the night, and can be found at streams washing the blood out of the clothes of someone about to die.
Mnathan nighe is the plural, and these Faeries are said to be women who died during childbirth, and are cursed to roam the earth until the time of which would have been their natural death.
"Pre-Dawn Outside the Croft"
In some tales she is described in quite an ugly or scary way, having only one nostril, and one tooth with webbed feet, long hanging breasts and usually wears green.
Additionally it is said that she can make herself appear as a beautiful young maiden. Much the same as the Bean Sidhe.
Even though, she may be considered a Banshee and Banshees are usually seen in a negative light. The names actually translate to "Fairy Woman" and "Woman of Peace"
I painted my "Washer Woman" with a face, though non-distinct, gave her copper hair, heavy breasts, and just a touch of beauty with her sparkly wings just peeking out from under her shawl.
"Pre-Dawn Outside the Croft" is Twinkling H2O's on a 9" x 12" canvas board. I added some Stickles on the clouds, her wings, the water and the window on the Croft.
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