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Cailleach Bheur


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[ScG, the genteel old lady, hag].

A personification of winter in Scottish Gaelic folklore and a counterpart of Caillagh ny Gueshag of the Isle of Man. The bluefaced Cailleach Bheur was a daughter of the pale winter sun of 1 November to 1 May. As she is born old and ugly (i.e. at the beginning of winter) and ends her time young and beautiful (i.e. as spring) she also presents a parallel with the ever-renewing Cailleach Bhéirre and Cailleach Beinne Bric. Known as Cally Berry in Ulster. Her watery form is known as Muileartach.

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