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caointeag

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Name for the caoineach in the isle of Islay and nearby Kintyre.

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... . Name for the caoineach in the isle of Islay and nearby...

caointeag

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Name for the caoineach in the isle of Islay and nearby Kintyre.
cadineag

cadineag  

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Scottish Gaelic fairy or weeper, similar to the bean nighe. It may be heard wailing in the darkness near a waterfall before catastrophe overtakes a clan; sometimes portrayed in stories of the ...
caoineag

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[ScG, weeper].A version of the banshee known in the northern Highlands and in the Hebrides. The caoineag of the MacDonalds was said to be heard wailing after the massacre at Glencoe (1692). She may ...
bean nighe

bean nighe  

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[ScG, washerwoman, laundrymaid].A female wraith of Scottish Gaelic folklore who washes bloodstained clothes when some person in the neighbourhood is about to die, usually in battle; a Scottish ...
cyhyraeth

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Welsh spectral figure, comparable to the caointeach of Gaelic Scotland or the Weeper of English tradition. Usually portrayed as an invisible, bodiless voice, the cyhyraeth may be heard groaning ...
fairies

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A poetic or literary word for fairyland, a pseudo-archaism introduced by Edmund Spenser (c1552–99) in his allegorical poem The Faerie Queene, celebrating Queen Elizabeth.
cadineag

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... bean nighe . It may be heard wailing in the darkness near a waterfall before catastrophe overtakes a clan; sometimes portrayed in stories of the massacre at Glencoe , north Strathclyde, formerly Argyllshire ( 1692 ). Perhaps identical with the caoineag , caointeach , and caointeag...

caointeach

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...be Argyllshire (since 1974 , north Strathclyde). She has been described as a child or a very little woman in a short green petticoat with a high-crowned white cap. She may also wear a green shawl. A solitary fairy , perhaps identical with the caoineag and cadineag ; see CAOINTEAG . A Welsh counterpart is the cyhyraeth...

bean nighe

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...webbed feet. She haunts desolate lakes and streams, and although she portends evil a person does better to see her before the bean nighe sees the mortal. Anyone rash enough to seize one of her hanging breasts and suck it may claim to be her foster-child and will be spared. The Caointeag of the Isle of Islay and Kintyre is a fiercer and more formidable variation of the bean nighe; the Cadineag of Glencoe is gentler. In Ireland the role of the fearful washer or washer at the ford is subsumed in the banshee . A Breton counterpart is the tunnerez...

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...have accused solitary fairies of being in league with the devil , a perception not widely shared; such fairies, however, may be on close terms with death. Among those fairies classed as solitary are the banshee , baobhan sith , brownie , bwci , cadineag , caoineag , caointeag , cluricaune , dooiney marrey , dooiney oie , dullahan , ellyll , fairy lover [Ir. leannán sídhe/sí ] , fenodyree , fr'de/fridean , glaistig , gruagach , leprechaun, piskie , pooka , pwca , síabraid , s'thich . In defining the two divisions W. B. Yeats ( 1888 )...

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