tunnerez noz

"night-washers." A Breton instance of the death omen, the bean sídhe or bean nighe. These ghostly washerwomen appear at night on the banks of streams to wash their linen, singing old songs and telling tales. They solicit the help of passersby to wash and wring out the linen of the dead. If this help be given awkwardly, they break the helper's arm; if help is refused, they pull their victim into the stream and drown him. Also known as cannerez noz, "night singers."

Breton noz, "night."



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