Also known as Cally Berry, Duine
- Mythical Number: #0591
- Culture: Celtic
- Attribute: Humanoid
- Attribute: Sorcery and Medicinal
- Attribute: Mountain Dweller
- Behaviour: Friendly
Cailleach Bheur, whose name means ‘Hag of Beare’, is a blue face hag who is an emanation of winter. She creates winter with her staff by slamming it on the ground for the snow to start forming. Brighid another god then sends down the rain to melt the snows of which a snake emerges. People use the snake to determine how long the winter will continue. Originally there were seven sisters who would create winters and renew themselves in the waters of the mountain when Spring came. However over time they became non-virtuous and so they sacrificed themselves until only one was left. Calleach Bheur is similar to Baba Yaga.
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Did you find Cailleach Bheur interesting? If you are skilled in art, then why not draw a beautiful, lovely illustration of the Friendly Cailleach Bheur and send it to this website. Ireland is regarded as the heart of Celtic myth in modern day. For more on Fairies, Dragons and Spirits why not go there yourself and live the myths? Celtic Dragon and Fairy art is very popular such as the works of Howard D Johnson and Jane S Weills. Composer Medwynn Goodall does excellent Celtic music to create that Fairy fantasy feeling. But if you are into your horror films watch the Banshee (2006) - celtic horror brought to life. On another note the TV series Merlin featuring a talking Dragon and multitude of Medieval - Celtic creatures might take your fancy.
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