Irish mythology is rife with ruthless and ritual death. So is there a god and/or goddess from the Irish pantheon who is in charge of the recently deceased, à la the Grim Reaper or Charon from Greek mythology? Turns out there’s not just one Irish god of death, there are (at least) three.
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What Is a Banshee? The Mythic Origins of Ireland’s Most Infamous Shrieking Spirit
A brief biography of Irish folklore’s most frightening fay, the banshee. Learn why this vociferous, vatic vocalist haunts the households of those about to perish.
The Celtic History Behind Our Favorite Halloween Traditions: 6 Samhain Rituals That Refuse to Die
The origins of Halloween are rooted in the ancient Celtic harvest festival of Samhain. But how, specifically, did Samhain give rise to all those wacky Halloween rituals?
Samhain Reading List: 13 Frightening Works of Fiction for Celebrating Halloween’s Celtic Roots
Get in the Samhain spirit with these spine-tingling Celtic horror novels and short story collections