IRISH BEAN-FIONN (WATER WOMAN)
The Bean-Fionn is a watery female fairy. She is known to
wear a white gown and lives beneath lakes and streams. She
has been known to give directions to lost travelers. She
will, however, drown those who displease her or hurt
children. Her favorite pastime is to drag under and drown
children who play or work in or near the water.
she is called the Weisse Frau and she is somewhat
more benevolent than her Irish version. The Weisse Frau is
very protective of children, and a kiss from her renders a
child almost indestructible. In England she is called
Jenny Greentooth or the Greentoothed Woman, which
has become a generic name for these types of drowning
faeries in English-speaking countries.
The Bean-Fionn may
be one of those fairy forms which exists not as a whole
being, but as an incomplete thought-form created by the
collective fears of persons past. In fact, she may have been
created by parents who wished to warn their children away
from dangerous lakes and rivers.