examines the ascribed social roles of women connected with death in the context
of pre-modern Irish society. From the "white women" who prepare and lay out the
corpse, to the roles of women during the wake itself and keening women who
ritually lament for the dead, the connections between women and death are
explored. Irish attitudes towards death and beliefs surrounding this event are
also examined in relation to gender. One example is the supernatural figure of
the banshee as a gendered symbol of death, a female entity said to be
responsible for heralding news that one is about to die.