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In early Irish folklore, the bánánach were preternatural beings, described as spectres which haunted battlefields.[1][2]

In Táin Bó Cuailgne, these creatures are usually referred to as part of a list "bánanaig & boccanaig & geniti glinni & demna aeoír" - bánánachs, bócanachs, spirits of the glen and sky demons. [3]

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  1. ^ Pagé, Anna June (2012). "The Description of the Dond Cúalnge in the LL Táin Bó Cúalnge and Indo-European Catalogue Poetry". Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 32: 229-256.
  2. ^ MacKillop, James (January 2004). "Bánánach". A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acref/9780198609674.013.0362 (inactive 31 January 2024). ISBN 978-0-19-860967-4.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: DOI inactive as of January 2024 (link)
  3. ^ https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/16464

Further reading[edit]

  • Sayers, William (1991). "Airdrech, Sirite and Other Early Irish Battlefield Spirits". Éigse XXV: 45–55.
  • Henry, P. L. (1958-9). "The Goblin Group". Études Celtiques 8: 404–16.