Bebinn

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  • Celtic Celtic (culture)
  • Giant Giant (attribute)
  • Friendly Friendly (behaviour)

A Giantess of Ireland and Wales who resided in the Underworld.

In Welsh belief she lives in Annwn and in Irish myth the Underworld called Mag Mell. He name comes from the two words the first an abbreviation of bean (pronounced 'bahn') meaning 'woman' and binn meaning fair or melodious. So she is the fair melodious lady.

In the stories of the Fenian myths, she is pursued by the lusty and aggressive Giant Aeda. She refuses his advances and quite soon she is running away from him. She then sought protection under the Fionn (or Fianna) a small independent warrior band. But nevertheless the angered Aeda murdered her.

The name Bebinn is used frequently for many different characters and people in Irish and Welsh folklore.

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