#Legends&Symbols . . . . Fairy Women

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“Irish folk stories celebrate the bean feasa (‘wisewomen’), bean leighis (‘woman healer’) or bean ghlúine (‘handy woman’) and the bean chaointe (‘keening woman’) who acted as a funerary priestess without portfolio. [O Crualaoich, 72]
These women are often described as going on Otherworld journeys or trances, as having second sight and the power to heal, including bringing people back from what shamanic traditions call ‘soul loss.’ Two of the most renowned Irish healers were Moll Anthony and Biddy Early: ‘These women were said to travel with the fairies by night, and by this means were able to answer any question regarding an ailment put to them by those who came to seek their aid or advice. According to folklore, they seldom failed to cure either man or beast when their services were called upon.'[O Hogain, 390]
The ‘fairy woman’ Moll Anthony is said to have lived near the Red Hills…

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