Monday, April 4, 2016

A TO Z CHALLENGE 2016 -- CÓISTE BODHAR

The night is still.  An inhuman wail echoes over the land, sending a chill through your body.  A second wail freezes your muscles as if plunged into ice.

A low vibration sounds. It's almost as if hearing the rattling of bones. What is it?

You recognize the sound.  Wheels.  Not wheels from a car.  No.  This sound is too hollow and higher pitched.  Coach wheels. Their rumble grows louder, more menacing.  The wailing intensifies.  Your name echoes across the land.

And then you see your demise.

The Cóiste Bodhar (Koe-shta bower) also called Coach-Abower, Silent (Deaf) Coach is an Irish folk legend. The black coach is said to be draw by six black horses (sometimes headless).  The name that is called is the name of the soul the coach has come to collect.

It is believed that when the coach appears and drives across the land it cannot leave again until it has a soul.

There are links to other creatures of Irish lore associated with the coach.  One is the bean sidhe (banshee).  Banshees wail out warnings to the families they are attached as they fly alongside the coach.

The other will make its appearance tommorrow.  Heh, heh heh.
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These were my other choices for today.  The Churel and the Chindi.

The Churel is a vengeful ghost from India. This spirit is created by the death of pregnant or during childbirth.  She wants revenge for her unborn child's death. Her feet, flipped 180 degrees, allows her to walk backward.  Her eyes mesmerize.  and she will drain a victim of their blood.

The Chindi (chʼį́įdii) from Navajo legend.  It's a spirit that is made from all the bad from a person.  They can be called down by a family with a curse. They are associated with dust devils.  And have the ability to cause illness, which is called 'ghost sickness'.  They can be connected to objects owned by them.  

18 comments:

  1. This sent a chill down my spine, very creepy legend!
    Debbie

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  2. Ghostly coaches are a standard in the UK, but this one sounds particularly doom-laden. It's like the corpse candle, which, hovers over the house of those who are about to die.
    Sophie
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles | Wittegen Press | FB3X

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    1. ooo! that is something i ahve not heard of. hmm, corpse candle . . . now i must research!

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  3. That coach legend is super creepy! Actually, they all are.

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    1. thanks. i'm trying for creepy this year.

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  4. I think I remember a similar coach thing from Brittany... although it might have been a ghost hearse...

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary
    MopDog

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    1. its probably the same legend just changed.

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  5. The Silent Coach...a more elegant Grim Reaper, I think.

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    1. thank you. mr. grim may show up later . . . muhahaha!

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  6. Didn't know that about banshees. These are all suitably creepy for C day!

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  7. Great stuff! Looking forward to more. Looks like we're both trying to scare ourselves silly with this blog challenge :)
    @SorchiaDuBois from
    Sorchia’s Universe

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  8. I saw a very silly episode of Mission Impossible 1989 that used the black coach the other day :) Nice to know what the real legend is.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. well, a thinned down version of it. there's so much more that i didn't get a chance to write about.

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  9. Love a good banshee! Especially one scaring folk out in the open.

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    1. banshees are one of my favorites.

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  10. Ooh, creepy. I'm not doing A to Z this year, but I enjoyed this post!

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