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Bean-Nighe

2023-08-06 Snargl 1 minute 21 seconds

Who is a Bean-Nighe?

Bean-Nighe in a white dress holding a broom in a graveyard with a skeleton in the background and a graveyard with a graveyard full of graves
Bean-Nighe in a blue dress standing in a graveyard with a ghost behind her and a cemetery in the background
Bean-Nighe is a female spirit in Scottish folklore, regarded as an omen of death and a messenger from the Otherworld.

She is a type of ban-s├Čth, or banshee, that haunts desolate streams and washes the blood from the linen and grave-clothes of those who are about to die.

This spirit is also called nigheag, nigheag na h-ath, or nigheag bheag a bhroin, which mean 'the little washer', 'little washer of the ford', or 'little washer of the sorrow' in Scottish Gaelic.

She is often described as small and ugly, with a hooked nose, one large nostril, a large protruding tooth, webbed feet, and long hanging breasts.

She sometimes sings a mournful dirge as she washes the clothes of the doomed.

Bean-Nighe has various powers and abilities, depending on the locality and tradition.

Some say that she can impart knowledge or grant wishes if she is approached with caution and respect.

Others say that she can reveal a person's ultimate fate or prevent a death if she is caught or interrupted.

However, there are also risks and dangers involved in encountering her, as she may strike a person with her wet linen, causing them to lose the use of their limbs, or curse them with bad luck or misfortune.

She represents the connection between the living and the dead, and the fear and awe that people have towards the supernatural.

Bean-Nighe is also a reminder of the harsh realities of life and death in the past, especially for women who faced the dangers of childbirth.

Example of the color palette for the image of Bean-Nighe

Picture with primary colors of Dark jungle green, Dark tea green, Persian plum, Pale silver and Vivid burgundy
Top 5 color shades of the illustration. Arranged in descending order of frequency of occurrence (first - more often, last - more rare).
See these colors in NCS, PANTONE, RAL palettes...
NCS (Natural Color System)
NCS S 8005-B80G
NCS S 5010-B50G
RAL Classic
RAL 8022
RAL 7011
RAL 3032
RAL 7044
RAL 3002
RAL Design
RAL 160 20 20
RAL 180 40 05
RAL 020 20 29
RAL 100 80 05
RAL 020 30 48
RAL Effect
RAL 530-5
RAL 850-1
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