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DEATH COACH

Variations: C?iste Bodhar
The superstition of medieval England and Wales spoke of a vampiric spirit known as a death coach that appeared after the wail and subsequent attack of a BANSHEE. The death coach would then descend from the sky, looking rather like a funeral coach drawn by a black horse. It gathers up the soul of the BANSHEE's victim, traveling without a sound. The death coach may be the transmuted concept of Charon, the Ferryman from Greek mythology, and is similar to the vampiric species called DULLAHAN.
Source: Keegan, Legends and Poems, 131; Leach, Funk and Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, 300; Rad-ford, Encyclopedia of Superstitions, 70­71, 101­2; Wentz, The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries, 71
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