53 MINS2006NR
Mary Sue Connolly
This enchanting video examines the persistence in rural Ireland today of ancient beliefs in otherworld spirits, including fairies, ghosts, banshees and other supernatural forces. We learn of the pantheon of pagan spirits who comprise the Fairy Kingdom of the Tuatha DeDannan, the folk traditions and superstitions (including cures and curses) still honored today, spooky accounts of encounters with the banshee (a ghostly female harbinger of death), how some pre-Christian figures have been adopted by the Catholic Church (including St. Brigid, a pagan goddess of spring), and key holidays in the pagan calendar, such as Beltaine (the Eve of Witchery) and Samhain (an old Celtic festival of the spirits that we observe as Halloween)
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