Badb to Bean Sidhe

Fairy Women and Death Messengers in the Irish Tradition

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Online class covering mythology, folklore, and belief surrounding the goddess Badb and the evolution of the Bean Sidhe.

This class explores the mythology and cult of Badb and her association with foretelling and proclaiming deaths, as well as her ties to the later Bean Sidhe and the ways that the Bean Sidhe developed from a simple 'fairy woman' into an omen of death. We also cover folklore around the Bean Sidhe, under her various names, and discuss possible sources for these beings ranging from deities to human spirits.

The material about the Bean Sidhe that can be found online and in many books is often confusing or oversimplified, but if you have ever wanted to get to the core of who and what these enigmatic beings are and how they are connected to the older mythology of Ireland this class will guide you through to solid information. Focusing on what we know from mythology and tracing that forward into modern folk belief we cover everything you need to know about the Bean Sidhe in Irish belief.

Topics covered in this class:

  • Who is Badb?
  • How Does Badb tie into foretelling death?
  • Who are the Mná Sidhe [Banshees]?
  • Various names they are known by
  • Older 'fairy woman' beliefs
  • How does keening tie in?
  • The blurry line between Badb and banshee
  • Appearance
  • What are they?
  • Folklore of the Bean Sidhe

This is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

Your Course access enrollment below includes access to:

  • -- Class Presentation Slides
  • -- Class Video
  • -- Class Audio
  • -- Class Chat Log/Resources
  • -- Q&A Session (recorded separately, usually at the end of class)
  • -- PDF excerpts from Morgan Daimler's published work on Badb and Bean Sidhe, with additional resource list.

When you enroll in this Course, you are receiving lifetime access (with a full 30 day money back guarantee).

Your Instructor

Morgan Daimler
Morgan Daimler

Morgan Daimler is an author, teacher of esoteric subjects, witch, and priest of Na Daoine Maithe. A prolific pagan writer, Morgan has published more than three dozen books, both fiction and nonfiction, and presented workshops on fairies at various events and conferences. Find them on Patreon at -

Course Curriculum

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Joanne Crofts - commented on The Fairy Faith in Practice

So grateful for this course! I really appreciated a deeper dive into understanding the fairy faith, and the ability to ask questions directly to Morgan Daimler. This aspect of Irish folklore has been unfamiliar to me until I started reading Morgan's work and taking courses here at the IPS. It helps my understanding to have them able to talk about it from personal experience, in addition to the written resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my enrollment last for?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this version of the recordings for as long as you remain a member of the Irish Pagan School - across any and all devices you own. So, you can take your time, or get it all done quickly, and revisit it all whenever you want to - it's completely up to you.
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Do I need to have Irish ancestry to study here?
No, absolutely not. We provide authentic connection to Ireland, with native Irish teachers, for anyone who wishes to learn from us and is willing to put in the time and effort to do this properly... rather than grab a culturally appropriated quick fix.

Trynda Adair Commented on Fairy Faith in Practice

Awesome lecture. Looking forward to the next.

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