A Fairy Girl in Northern England,
A female spirit often mentioned in song prayers in peoples request for help. Among other things she helps women to successfully carry their child and give birth.
The spirit of the bathhouse, a shape changer it may appear as a man or as a women or as an animal, yet it travels in the form of a shooting star sending of sparks. They have a strong relation to the forest spirits living in the swamps and ravines and at times are said to be the same beings. They often attempt to have sexual relations with humans and their kiss is the cause of cold sores. Yet at the same time they punish sexual impurity in women and men by killing or sickening them.
Its power is conanted the little finger of its left hand which if broken causes it to loose all its magical power.
Somewhat akin to elves of Saxon lore Alfar are closely related to the Aesir and Vanir, the deities of Nordic mythology. They are bound together with marriage and covenants.
Birds with the heads of women.
Female water fairies which can turn into black birds. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aloja_(mythology)
A nightmare spirit which may rape men or woman in their sleep.
Beautiful supernatural beings who almost always appear in groups. Often considered to be divine biengs whcih are equal to the deities. There are two types of Alver; the ljósálfar who live in the sky and are fairer than the sun, and the døkkálfar who live in the earth and are blacker than pitch. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elf
Female water spirits similar to the nymphs (and likely come from stories of these beings). They typically live in Alpine areas. As with nymphs they are very attractive young women who use their beauty to seduce men, but at times they may appear as half girls, half reptile or half fish. In other stories they appear as thin ghostly figures which disappear before their faces can be seen by anyone approaching them. They typically in white or bright warm colors (or in rare cases black). In addition they typically have a none human trait such as the foot of a chicken, a duck, or goat or they might have scaly legs. or a hollow back filled with moss.
They are protective of water ways and those fishermen who treat them with respect. And like the nymphs they also were said to have taught people traditional crafts such as spinning, cheese making, salt, sugar, glass blowing, or other arts.
As with all such fairies they are also mischievous as well, loving to watch the results of spreading discord among travelers at night, especially in woman. Along with this they love gossip and secrets which they can use to spread such discord. Though despite this playfulness they are sensitive such that if you insult them they will bring ill luck so care must be taken when dealing with them.
A female fairy creature which foils evil beings. They live in the forest and rest on sides of banks where they can speak with the water. They also often help injured animals and plants. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anjana_(Cantabrian_mythology)
The gift giver, (mentioned in song with little information)
Apple Tree Man (England)
Lives within the oldest tree in an apple orchard and helps the fruit to ripen well so that there is a good crop. Often the last apple was left in the orchard for him, I would speculate that this is because people believe he resided in the last picked apples the way spirits of the grain resided in the last cut grain.
Aren patər (Mari-El)
A keremet which was a hero who fought aganst the Taatars. The Mari at his home town sacrifice a horse in his grove in case of sickness.
A beautiful water fairy which baths in moonlight, and is so fragile that if sunlight touches them they turn into water. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asrai
A dangerous water creature which appears as a horse.
Able to be a house hold fairy which took the form of a rooster or a dragon.
Awd Goggie (England)
Possibly a warning tale to keep children from wondering into orchards alone the Awd Goggie inhabits Fruit Orchards where it will attack children.
Baba Dochia (Romania)
An old woman who acts as the bringer of spring when she goes out with her heard of sheep or goats. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baba_Dochia
Baba Yaga (Russia)
A powerful Russian witch which may be a remnant of Russia's fairy faith as being related to the wind or the moon.
A form of boogie man who wears a hooded heavy black cloak which hides his face.
A water horse which would lure people to ride on it at which point it would run into the water to drown them. It could be stopped by throwing a piece of steel in its way.
A water monster which secreats hot oily liquid from its body.
A Bannik in female form.
The spirit of the bathhouse, one of the most sacred spaces in pagan Russia.
The good spirit of a woman who stays behind to watch over her family. As such she begins to wail and cry when a family member is about to die.
Baobhan Sith (Scotland)
A beautiful women in a green dress who lives in the wilderness using their beauty to seduce victims who they devour. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baobhan_sith
Dwarf like creatures which have white fur, a long beard and enormous feet. They tavel through the mountains by sking with their feet or using them as snowshoes. In the sumer they live in caves and tunnels and don't come out until winter time. Because they live so high in the mountains in winter time people rarely ever see them. Though sometimes they will aid shepherds in rounding up lost sheep, dig people out of avalanches, or whistle to warn people of avalanches. They also love to surf on avalanches with their large feet.
A spirit which haunts cities and the countryside in a number of different terrifying forms.
The Personification of the wind. They are good nature spirits which appear as nimble humans and float up on breezes.. They often protect children during a storm. He is attended by funny and somewhat ugly servents with whom he roams through fields.
A hairy giant which dwells in the forest,s where it protects livestock and tought humans skills such as agriculture and ironworking.
A form of hairy house fairy
Germanic name for a banshee like being which cries beneath the windows of those about to die.
A fairy which appears as an old Lady and washes the clothes of those about to die so that they look presentable when they go to Heavan. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bean_nighe
A monster which haunts mines
Bendith y Mamau (Welsh)
Name for Fairies in Wales
One of the Shichi Fukujinor seven lucky kami or immortals. Benzaiten is their only female member. He is the kami of flowing and elequant things. Thus music, knowledge, poetry and water.
A white robed female spirit who oversees weaving and spinning in south germany. She like Holda often leads the wild hunt as well. She has one goose or swan foot like many other fairies of that region.
Hearth mother type spirit.
The legendary guardian of an underground vault where it protects hidden tresures. He emerges from the darkness in order to scare theives.
One of the oldest races of beings in the world, and distant relatives of trolls. They are enormously strong and very fast, and massive in size. Those who see them often become poets, speaking of their great beauty and gilded armor. They hate church bells and will often thrown large rocks to destroy churches. They are not always hostile but they don't like ljusalfer (light elves), humans, or deities. To these they can be dangerous. Being knowledgeable of magic they are able to create illusions that even fool the gods. They represent the wild primeval powers of chaos and seek to overthrow the gods. Though some of them have relationships with the gods, including marriage. They can be mercenaries in order to raise money for the castles in which it lives, and they love to party, play games and hunt.
Nature spirits who live in family groups or even in large courts in the mountains. They typically work to make it difficult for miners to obtain minerals by confusing them. Though they aren't entirely opposed to human presence as the will often have sexual relations with them. This, however, was greatly frowned upon by the people of the era. In 1671 a farmhand fell asleep in the woods and awoke to find a woman dressed in white, she gave him food and drink and than had sex with him, and for this the man was condemned to death.
Biergmand, Biergfolk, Biergtrold (Denmark)
Dwarf like beings which are able to slip into impossibly small cracks and crevices of hills to seem to vanish or appear suddenly.
A house fairy which specilizes in keeping the cellar clean and in order and demands some beer in return for this.
Evil spirits associated with the devil
Billy Blind (England)
The name of a house fairy which gives advice to a young man. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Blind
The sprite that closes the eyes of children at bedtime.
A hag which eats children, but may also be a former goddess, or the aggressive soul of an internally duelistic goddess.
A nocturnal Spirit
The name of a household fairy.
A fairy which live in mines and appears as small blue flames. If the miners treat them well these fairies well lead them to mineral deposits.
Blue Men of Minch (Scotland)
Blue skinned men who live in in the ocean around islands. They would cause storms and wreck ships but a captain who was good at poetry could keep them at bay.
“In point are the demons which were said to haunt particular families as their good or evil genius. The family of Rothiemurchus was said to have been haunted by Bodach,”
“The Earl of E , a nobleman alike beloved and respected in Scotland, and whose death was truly felt as a national loss, was playing on the day of his decease on the links of St. Andrews at the national game of golf. Suddenly he stopped in the middle of a game, saying, " I can play no longer, there is the Bodach Glas, I have seen it for the third time ; something fearful is going to befall me." He died that night..”
The Bodach would also enter the household through the chimney to torment children.
Bodca an Dun
The name of a death porteint for the family of Eothmarchas
A fairy of the farmstead which appeared as an old man and would help with the harvest.
A form of boogie man in the Netherlands ehich can hide under beds or in basements, they also often have the power to change their shape.
A spirit which haunts houses.
A general Name for mischievous fairy creatures. In one fairy tale it takes the place of the Hedley Kow in the story.
A general name for a creature which haunts children.
The personification of natural forces which live in swamps, lakes, rivers, forests and mountains. Some say they are woman who died in childbirth, suicide, or who murdered their own children. They can either appear as ugly old women with sagging breasts and large heads or beautiful young girls. They often delighted in startling horses and cattle which came to drink in the pools where they lived. They also destroyed fishing nets and causted similar mischief) Like other fairies they also would take children as changlings and could be given offerings to help control natural events for the better.
A mischievous and occasionally dangerous goblin, though at times they can also be guardian spirits.
A Magical water bird of Scotland.
The spirit of the elder tree which acts as a banshee like figure.
A mischievous Shape Changer
A strange formless creature with only a mouth and eyes and a limited vocabulary.
Brown Man of the Muirs
The lord of the animals of the moorlands.
A spirit of the farm which cares for the bees and gets them to fertilize the fields.The Cornish Browney .
A common name for a house fairy
A storm spirit which lives in mines and caves
A one and a half foot tall anthropomorphic goblin like creature. They dress in red clothes, or just a red cap and pointed shoes. Some appear as children other appear as old with beards. They often sit in trees or the hay, although they are typically invisible. They live in nut trees and on occasion buildings.
The buffardello loves to tease people and animals, and spends much of it's time teasing peoples pets. They also like to bounce and play on peoples chests while they are asleep which causes the people to feel like they are suffocating. They may also hold people down and put their hand in peoples mouths in order to scare them. Additional mischief included hiding or moving objects, turniff of lights, tearing wall paper, cutting peoples hair and beards into patches, undoing bundles of cloth. Further they can be heard scampering around the houses at night, especially running up and down stairs.
In addition to mischief they often also steal from mankind, including wine, hay, laundry, milk (including that directly from cows). They may also suck the blood of animals, ultimately killing them. At times they may also take the beauty of girls.
They have many magical properties associated with them including the power to control the wind.
A monstrous Creature which is unable to cross water
Bugul Noz (Brittany)
Known as the "Children of the night" or the "shepherd of the night." Bugul Noz is a horrifying looking goblin which takes the form of a wolf through the use of a magical pelt which they wear. The Bugul Noz is at the peak of his power at midnight and travels woodland paths his horrifying face hidden by a giant hat and a large cloak. As he approaches people he grows slowly larger so that when they get to him he is very terrifying.
In other stories he is a werewolf who takes children and hides them in his hat. As such he has also become a a boogie man figure which parents would use to scare their children into being good with. They are driven away by wind.
An evil spirit which appears as a fire or shooting star like object flying through the air. They can also take human or bird form with long hair as a women or a long beard as a man or a long beak to peak at and dry up trees as a bird. The human corpes which the burber comes from is red faced and does not decay. To kill it people beat the burber with sticks from an ash tree and then burn it while putting the stone from the craw of a hen it the burbers mouth so that its soul cannot escape in the form of a butterfly to cause further evil.
Horseshoes at the threshold protect agains the burber.
As with many folkloric creatures of the countryside it asucks the milk from cattle and the mill of a cow which has been visited by a burber contains blood, grin, or some other impurity.
To suck the blood of a human they kiss them and then suck the blood out of their victems mouths. They also become the lovers of humans and then cause them so much heartace that they cause the humans to die. In addition to emotional attacks and blood they also eat eyes and will attack people from within, entering peoples stomach or the wombs of pregnant women and animals in order to kill the featis.
The burber will possess humans to get them to do evil, and the human thinks that they are having a series of nightmares.
But Aba (water mother) (Mari-El)
When people need rain they gather at the bank of the river and playfully throw water at eachother and animals especially those of black sheep and black hens. Then porridge is either offered to the river and then eaten by all those arround, or in other places a black oxen or sheep is eaten on the river bank with the uneaten parts being sunk in the river after the feast.
Should too much rain fall as a resault of thise thse remains are taken out.
The But aba helps to maintain the quality of the water, if the water becomes muddied or bad tasting people attempt to purify it by offering porridge.
The Mari bride must be introduced to the but aba of her new home, and so must be accompanied by someone whom it already knows, where she will make an offering of a few coins or beads to it in order that it will protect her from any new illnesses from the strange water.
There are two different beleifs about the büt aba with regards to fishing in one the the Mari will pour vodka and porridge into the water so that the büt aba will provide them with an aboundent catch. In the other however are very caful not to make any disturbance while fishing or else the offended büt aba will cause them to drown or curse them with illness.
When swimming children are warned not to go into the deep parts of the water or the but aba may pull them down.
But Bodəz (water spirit) (Mari-El)
A spirit of rivers and springs which causes a sore on the lips of those who drink directly from it, and a sore on the penis of those who urinate in it. He isalso known to cause ulcers
But ian udərzə (Mari-El)
A waterspirit that appears as a beautiful girl with white, yellor or black hair and is either finally dressed or naked. When a human touches it with iron it cannot escape and can be foresed to marry them. However if the human reveals the identity of his wife she will die.
A spirit summoned by the Green Knight in a ballad about Arthur.
Bwbchod and Bwca (Welsh Fairy)
The Bwabach or Boobach is a Welsh house fairy of the brownie arch type. Much like many other similar fairies he tends to do good deeds for those who treat him well by giving him cream, don’t try to look at him, or guess his name. When the Bwabach is mistreated they turn into a a poltergeist like being known as the bwca and after gaining revenge flee the house which they came from in search of a new home with people who will treat them properly. At times however they refuse to leave a place and so must be exercised.
The Hag of Winter http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cailleach
A red capped monster which kidnaps people. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C4%83pc%C4%83un
Cat Sidhe (Scotland)
A fairy Cat
Căţelul Pământului (Romania)
Translating as earth dog, and it lookes similar to this only with it's eyes hidden under some skin. The Căţelul Pământului acts as the gaurdian of cemetairies where he is able to slip into the smallest holes in the earth. At night he comes out and walks through the forests or investigates the corpses, biting the nose and ears of those who were not buried according to ancient tradition. His loud bark signals death or misfortune for those who hear it at night before the cocks crow.
When someone dies in the forest they can only go free when they kill another so they haunt the forest hoping to do this. They have cloaks which make them invisible and cause humans to get lost so that they may murder them.
A fairywhich washes the clothes of those about to die. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caoineag
A spirit of the barn which torments those who are not supposed to be in the barn but helps the family to keep their sheep and other animals safe.
Cauld Lad of Hilton
A house fairy which also has much in common with a ghost
Half Woman/Half Salmon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceasg
A jolly, cherful old spirit with a thick black or white hair, blue eyes. He spends much of his time singing and dancing and hunting mavok who have kidnapped people in order to destroy their evil. He can appear as a whirlwind and his so fast that no shoes can withstand his speed.
He is very protective keping lumbejacks and other woodsmen safe from dangerous spirits and bear attacks. In return they would always leave him a little of their food. He in turn would often feed this to the animals as he was one of their protectors as well.
Appearing a similar to a falcan or a gray eagle. He was the protector of a particular shaman as the head of the shamans ancestors.
Churn-milk Peg and Melsh Dick
Are wood-demons supposed to protect soft, unripe nuts from being gathered by naughty children, the former being wont to beguile her leisure by smoking a pipe.
Church Grim (Yorkshire)
is a fixed inhabitant of the church by day and by night, and only ' marauds about ' in dark stormy weather. It has been known to toll the death- bell at midnight, and at times a priest officiating at a burial would see it sitting at a window in the church-tower, when e would be able to tell by the creature's aspect whether the soul of the departed was saved or lost.
Does nothing beyond making a noise as of beating on empty cans.
Similar to a Leprechaun
Coblynau (Welsh Fairy)
A friendly fairy of Welsh mines which leads people to rich vains of ore, often by knocking where they should dig and which helps prevent cave ins.
Coleman Gray (Cornish)
A child Piskie briefly taken in by a human farmer.
Fairies with ears like cows.
Cu Sith (Highland)
A large green dog
A small super strong monster with five rows of teeth, a single horn, three eyes and three arms. They can be protected against with oak or holly leaves. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuegle
Storm Bringers which Live in caves
Cyhyraeth (Welsh Fairy)
A death portent spirit much like the banshee
Great King of the Irish Fairy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dagda
Dames Blanches (France)
White ladies are female spirits which also exist in German and Dutch mythology which are most likely fading deities. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dames_Blanches
Dando and his Dogs (Cornish)
A Priest who becomes a huntsman for the devil (Fairy Tale)
Daoine Sidhe (Irish)
Yeats uses this word for fairies in Ireland
A species of dwarfish fairies, of somewhat evil nature
Devil's Dandy Dogs (Cornish)
The Cornish dogs used for the wild hunt
An evil black dog who is the emissary of the devil and sucks peoples blood
Name of a brownie
A silly brownie
The ghost of a female pickpocket who has her long arms and hands covered with birds eyes which allow her to continue to pick peoples pockets
The slavic spirit of the west wind which is associated with love and gentleness.
The god of the hearth and protector of a family, a brownie like fairy.
Protective spirits which were in essence the personfication of fate. They were in charge of providing happiness and success to people. They would follow a man from birth to death. Though most of the time they couldn't be seen they would sometimes appear in the guise of a human (male or female), cat, mouse, dog. They would hound those who made bad choices such as those who were careless and wasteful.
Much like the Russian Domovoi they are spirits which live under the threshold or stove and are responsible for maintaining order within the house. He would warn people of danger such as by pulling the hair of woman who had abusive husbands to warn them. THey would also moan and weep if a family member was about to die. When he strumed a comb their would be a wedding in the future. They liked to see old shoes hanging in the yard and in addition to gifts of food they also liked gifts of white cloth.
A homemaking god or spirit which is responsible for helping the family of a household, though they can be mischevious and troublesome at times. They appear as an old man or a boy with goat legs whcih reas red pants, a horned hat. They live under the stove. Scholars such as S. Plachynda believe the the Domovyk was purely a positive being before Christianity worked to turn it into a goblin like creature.
There are some stories which tell how a person got a Domovyk by putting a tiny egg under their arm for ten days (with the Domovyk hatching on the tenth day) This spirit than serves the person faithfully. Under Christianity it became a dangerous creature which caused damage to the household.
Dooinney Oie (Manx)
A fairy which looks like an old man and lives in sea side caves. He warns away those who approach his cave by causing them to sprain their ankle or hurt themselves in some other way. Despite his desire to be alone he can be useful and warns of coming storms.
Supernaturally strong zombie like creatures. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draug
Vampires which are born from the souls of unbaptized children.
Fairy of the Brownie type
Fairies which haunt old castles
Small spirits which live under rocks and within cliffs. They represent the still living forces of the eaths interior. Born from the worms which feasted on Ymir's flesh they are small ugly men with long noses, and are the color of the earth. Some Dvärgar have names which suggest they may have once been the spirits of ancestors.
They can make themselves invisible through a magical hat or a magical cloak. They are masters of crafting such amazing objects, often making incredibly beautiful halls. They have a superior skill at the forge having made Odin's Spear, Thor's Hammer, and Frey's ship. They hate traveling by boat, liking to keep their feet on solid ground.
They can be very hostile to people and deities as they are easily enraged, being tough and durable, hard as stone they dislike elves who they see as lazy.
Spirit of the barn yard.
Each Uisge (Scotland)
A Dangerous Water Horse http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Each_uisge
A fairy race from Saxon lore http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elf
Ellylldan (Welsh Fairy)
A mischievous fairy which lives in bogs and uses light to lure travlers astray.
Ellyllon (Welsh Fairy)
Welsh Elves which fit the more modern idea of fairies, they are wispy, ethreal, beautiful little creatures which eat toadstools and fairy butter (a fungus found in the roots of old trees). Yet in many stories they also appear a bit more like pixies.
A water sprite which appears as an old man with a large beard, a green hat and green teeth.
A two headed four horned monster Read the Fairy Tale
The spirit of the lake which appears as a man.
A monster of Scotland which has one leg, one eye, one tooth, one arm which holds a dangerous club. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fachen
Fairies who create humanities fate
In Suffolk the fairies are called farisees. A butcher near Woodbridge went to a farmer's to buy a calf, and finding, as he expressed it, that "the cratur was all o' a muck," he desired the farmer to hang a flint by a string in the crib, so as to be just clear of the calf's head. "Becaze," said he, "the calf is rid every night by the farisees, and the stone will brush them off."
Fata Pădurii (Romania)
'The forest girl,' A beautiful spirit of the forest which tries to lure men into the woods with her. If one refuses her advances she may at times tell them "Stay than, do not know what you are missing." After this she often turns them into flowers. If a man does not please her she may turn them into a tree. Other times she might actually attack and rape young men in the forest.
Another name for fairies which control human fate
Fear Dearg (Irish)
A little man who dresses all in red who comes into peoples homes to warm himself by the fire. http://www.leprechaunmuseum.ie/irish-folklore
A fairy mentioned in two tales from Lancashire but never fully described.
Evil giant forest spirits siad to be as tall as trees, they do their best to lead travelers astray appearing as flashing lights much like the will o’ the wisp. He causes illness to befall people, and sicks toothaches on people the way one might a dog. He is said to cause of a lot of ill deeds when a knife slips and cuts someone using it
A fairy who was banished from the fairy court for falling in love with a human maiden.
The Manx must have adopted the English word " fairies " for use in the singular number, and ferrishyn is at the least a double plural.
A beautiful water fairy which drowns humans when given the chance.
King of the fairies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finvarra
Fir Bolgs (Irish)
The first rulers of Ireland. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir_Bolg
Fir Darrig (Irish)
A fairy with a read hat who may visit people's homes at night (Read the Two Fairy Tales)
Fir Chlis (Scotland)
Roughly translated as the nimble ones, the Fir Chlis are the Northern lights which were reputed to be fairies dancing in the sky.
Household fairies who act as a form of family deities. They tend to dress in colorful clothing, they are playfully mischievious though the required that everything being kept in clean, tidy order.
Small trickster figureswho are very agile, elusive and able to fly and become invisible. They live in burrows in the woods, especially near conifers. Or at times they can live in human homes, backyards, and barns. They almost ever only come out at night to have fun and tease the animals in the stables, mess up their hair of women, and create clutter among the farm tools and in the house. Although they are tiny normally they can change their hight, sometimes their shape, and so forth.
Giants of Ireland http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fomorians
A water spirit which will teach people to play music so well they can make the trees dance.
Fairies of the Rocks to whom offerings of milk and bread were left before a journey.
Frog (Sleeping Beauty)
Most people don't realize that the frog, the fairy of the fountain made this story happen, everyone else was just players in it.
Category of evil water fairies. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuath
The original wooden fans used by Miko (priestess oracles) which came to life in the form of dragon headed monsters with only a single toe on each foot and wooden fan like fins. The Furo ougi seek to destroy all the paper fans which eventually replaced them.
The ghost of a wicked man which appears huge and bloated with a tiny mouth. Cursed with an undending hungerfor filthy unclean things such as the bodies of the dead. They freeze when exposed to the sun and burn with heat when the moonlight shines on them.
Galley Begger (Somerset)
Another headless spirit which haunts the countryside
A Giant White Dog who chases anyone who runs from it.
Fairies that wonder the countryside and try to woo milk-maidens.
A forest being which ruled over predatory animals. He was also pastoral deity similar to the satyr, to which people would offer the testicles of livestock while burning them on a stone and asking Ganiklis to keep his wolves and other predators at bay.
Gants Mod (Mongolia)
A powerful tree spirit which is known because it stands alone.
A spirit of the farm and home who helped farmers gain good fortune. He was often believed to be the spirit of the first man to grow up on the farm. He was typically an older man with a white beard, gray clothes and a hat. Although they were helpful they were also peevish, having a serious temper and would retaliate if the animals were neglected or if people failed to treat him with respect. Above all else he felt it was his duty to watch over the farm animals, helping keep them safe and helping them to thrive. As payment for his work he expected porridge with a bit of butter. When given new clothes he would consider himself too fine to work and so would stop.
The spirit o the night who doesn't let people do certain things outside at night. His presence is felt in a gust of wind though sometimes he appears as a cow or a monster.
A hag somewhat akin to Black Annis only controls the winds and causes storms
The Gentry (Irish)
A name for the fairies which is used to avoid offending them.
Water spirits which bring rain
Ghillie Dhu (Scotland)
A guardian of trees (especially birch trees) he is a wild and often shy fairy who is kind to and aids children. Said to be dark haired, he is described as clothed in leaves and moss. In lore, this solitary spirit is said to reside primarily near Gairloch and Loch a Druing
Appearing to be a beautiful woman she hides goat legs under long flowing dresses and seeks to drain the blood from males in some legends. In others she is a guardian spirit, so she is likely very internally duelistic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glaistig
In some reports a brownie creature in others a water fairy.
A small fairy which appears like a child, but only shows themselves at night. They like to play pranks on solitary wonderers though they rarely do anything serious. On occasion they will live in a human house which they will protect and aid.
Typically evil and sometimes phantom like fairies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goblin
Gooseberry Wife (Scotland)
The Gooseberry-wife in the guise of a large furry caterpillar, takes charge of the green gooseberries, e.g. If ye goos out in the gearden, the gooseberry-wife'll be sure to ketch ye.
A death portent which appears as a young horse running on its hind legs.
A word for a small sprite like creature.
An evil nymph or water demon which lives pools of water or the trees.
Small fairies so exquisitely beautiful that men can fall instantly in love with them.
Is often a female brownie type spirit such as one which lived in Skipness Castle where it did odd jobs for the maids. There are also males, and a number of other tales about them.
A creature of the mines and mountains who can appear as a hag, an old man, or an animal in order to scare people away from deposits of ore. Though she could also appear as an elegant lady dressed in light gray. Sometimes she actually helped miners as well warning them of accidents that were about to happen.
Gulbių dievas (Lithuanian)
Sort of like a guardian angel which hovered around people keeping them safe. Each person would offer their Gulbių dievas occasional sacrifices with woman often offering chickens.
An old thin witch covered in a black cloak. Her hands and feet are gnarled bird legs and her face is yellow, rough, and covered in hairy warts. Her small eyes however glow like stars. She has a sharp knows and a single large black tooth which extends below her chin and which she can use to suck peoples blood dry. She only comes out and night, and even than she remains in the shadows. She is a silent hunter able to sneak into homes where it drains children, leaving them nearly dead. It often attacks the old or even adults as well.
A fox skin wearing fairy boy who was banished from fairyland.
is an evil cow whose appearance was formerly believed in as a sign of death
Gwrach y Rhibyn (Welsh Fairy)
Haglike fairies which act as death portents
Gwyllion (Welsh Fairy)
Frightful haglike fairies which haunt lonely mountain roads.
The Queen of Fairies.... , in Fife superstitious females are anxious to spin off all the flax that is on their rocks, on the last night of the year ; being persuaded that if they left any unspun, the Gyrc-Carlin, or as they also pronounce the word the Gy-carlin, would carry it off before morning. In some ways this makes her similar to Holda.
A fairy which spins magical garments.
A fairy spirit or guardian of a place such as a glen of trees, water, the grave yard, villages, and homesteads. There are also Haltija’s which guards humans, following them around to keep them safe.
The spirit of the builder of a house who remains to guard the home he built. They could however be transferred from one home to a new one through the fire. The Haltia oversaw peoples activities in the building, making certain they remained moral – punishing over drinking, etc.
They can also be the spirits of mountains and other places as attested to by the treasure hunters song in which states “a treasure-seeker exclaims: 'Kinsmen of Hiisi, now arise! awake, thou mountain haltia!” or that of an individual person “A hunter sadly complains that with other men luck does the work, their haltia fetches them coin, but his luck, his haltia, lies confused under a stone with gloves on his hands,”
Hairy Jack (English)
A mischievous dog spirit
Word for a Sacred Grove of Trees
Dwarf like beings which scamper over moss and fell and are not exhausted by climbing steep precipices
Beautiful female spirits who make fun of passing young men by laughing at them. She is not entirly playful, however, for if the young man should dare to return her laugh she will attack him with her hair which becomes long rithing tenticles tipped in barbs.
Haule Mannerchen (German)
Elvish followers of Holda who are unique in that they are males who act as fates, endowing people with magical gifts, a job normally reserved for woman.
A water sprite which aids sailors and keeps water ways safe. They also have children with human women from time to time.
Hedley Kow (English)
A shapeshifting fairy which likes to play tricks on people.
Black hound with pointed ears, those who encountered them knew that someone they knew was about to dye. Their bark also warned people of coming death.
Departed spirits, who appear in the furious host in the retinue of former gods, and continue to lead a life of their own.
Heinze (also known as Heinezlmann, Polterkater and Katermann) (German)
Also known as the boot cat, they were a domestic fairy which lived in cellars or in trees next to someones house. They bring good luck to a household so care must be taken of the tree in which they reside or else luck will leave with them. They can't abide chopping or spinning on Thursday evenings. In addition to being lucky they help to keep stables and kitches safe, and aide in the choirs in those areas.
So called because they were supposed to henk or limp when they danced, Henkie knowes are the knolls round which these trolls or fairies used to gambol at night ; also called the Hill Folk
Meaning something similar to hill and or mountain which is similar in many ways to a holy place. The hiisi are the Tutelary spirits are the spirits of awe inspiring natural features which most often involve rough terrain such as hills, giant boulders, deep crevasses, etc. As with many forest divinities the hissi is asked to chae animals to the hunters.
The hiisi’s horse was said to be the sound that the trees of the forest made as the wind rushed through them.
Christianity reduced Hissi to being much like small ugly twisted trolls which traveled in noisy processions, stole from humans, caused illness and did all the other bad things which happened which required an opposing dualistic force. Of course this is not to say the Hiisi didn’t do some these things originally, its hard to say how dualistic he was as many creatures in Uralic mythology seem to be both creative and distructive.
In one song to the Hiisi at least they are invoked to keep away evil. “O Hiisi, come from Hiitola, thou humpback! from the home of gods to cast out that which needs must be cast out and cause the monster's death..”
Hinky Punk (Scottish)
A one legged creature which carries a lantern in order to lure travelers astray.
Typically a kind house fairy which can cure illness
A name for the Will o the Wisp
Dangerous fairies which are chased of by a barking dog. (English Folk Tale)
A deity of Christmas, Water, Snow and household concerns.
A German name for wood wives.
An Unmeaning abjeration supposed to have reference to fairies
Shy fairies which hid in the mist, but would warn fishermen of coming storms.
A mountain fairy which appears as an old man, his voice could be heard in the winter lamenting the coming tempests which gave people warning of such storms.
Huijuta and Siilikki (Finland)
(name means hedgehog) Matron of the wasps.
A supernatural female being which live underground in the forests. They are young beautiful woman who act as sort of wood or forest nymphs. She can at times have lynx ears, or be hollow in the back like an old tree stump.
Beautiful female forest fairy type beings.
Spirits which dwell in the land, especially in mountains, but which can also dwell within stones, trees and other places. Such spirits are either divine or ancestral, however they are not like deities of western beleif. In the Sundanese , Javanese , and Balinese ancient, invisible forces of nature and ancestral spirits is identified as "hyang". This ancestral spirits inhabit high places, such as mountains and hills. These places are sanctified and glorified as the soul of ancestors dwell.
"The bridge between the two worlds—between humans and jinn—is being broken," Mr. Yulianto said. "I can help the spirits accept what is happening."
Quote from a Shaman in the Wall Street Journal
A midwife in noreway who helps a fairy woman give birth to a child and is asked to put ointment in the new born fairies eyes. When she does so she accidently gets some in her eyes. When this is discovered he eye is poked out.
Den ville jeger (Norway)
Known as the Wild Hunter, In one of his tales some loggers, located by the fire in the woods at night, you see a barefoot girl with flowing hair running for their lives just past them. After going two large black dogs neck to the groove her. After a while they heard a shot and then there was silence. Later, they see a great big man with coal-black beard in the light of the fire. He has two dogs in leash and a big muskedunder on his shoulder. On his back hangs girl like another shot hare with his legs bound together and threaded into the stock pipe.
A kind fairy which would find lost children in the fens and help them find their way home again. Very protective the hyter sprites would also scold those who mistreated children.
Another name of the norn.
Another word for Will o the wisp
The moon, also the daughter of the earth.
Ileana Cosânzeana (Romania)
A beautiful nature fairy, considered to be the most beautiful among fairies she works to defeat evil forces.
Beautiful seductive fairies who live in the skies, forests, mountains, caves but will often decend to bath near the crossroads. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iele
The spirit of thunder and lightning which was asked by the shaman to take argi from a person (Argi are disease causing spirits).
Jack In Irons
is a supernatural being of great stature, wearing clanking chains, who may at any moment spring out on a passer-by in the dark.
Jack o the bowl (Swiss)
A helpful house fairy which would be rewarded with bowls of fresh cream.
Jack O Lantern
The Spirits of wicked people who died they use glimmering lights to lead travelers into bogs and moors. In order to protect oneself from them is to put one's cap inside out and avoid pointing at them. For they will attack those who point at them. He can be helpful as he will light the way of those who request it but being internally duelistic in nature he can turn back to his misleading nature at any time.
Monsters which come from the souls of still born children.
The goddess of the grain barn she was a household fairy type figure who protected barns and food storage.
Jeanie of Biggersdale
A dangerous spirit which haunts the woodlands of North Riding Yorkshire. One night a drunk brash young man made a bet that he could rouse her from the woods. So he rode up to Mulgrave Wood and called for her to come.
“I'm Coming” She called in anger and chased him nearly to the river where she cut his horse in two, but luckly for him he was thrown clear across the water and so was safe as she could not cross after.
A specific name for a Grindylow
Another name for Will o the Wisp
A race of giants, they ar ethe builders of megalithic monuments and the teachers of humanity. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jentilak
Jer Kuguza (Mari-El)
(old man or old women of the lake)
The spirit of the lake which can be offended by making the lake impure (throwing dead animals in it, putting feces in it, etc). If offended the lake can cause illness or even take the entire lake somewhere else.
A Lithuanian female spirit of the grain fields, she was offered bred and cheese in return for a good harvest. Believed to reside in the last bit of uncut rye so that during the harvest woman would leave a few small patches of grain uncut for her to reside in. These would later be braided and offerings of bread and salt left under them when the harvest was finished.
Jimmy Squarefoot (Manx)
Jimmy Squarefoot " was a cross between a human being and a tusked boar who haunted the hillward parts of Malew and Arbory, and whose footprints were found where he had shown himself.
Joan the Wad (Cornish)
A type of Will o the Wisp
Justə Kuguza (Mari-El
Beats on trees and the walls of houses to keep people awake as he calls for children to come put to play. It freezes people to death, pinces their feaet and noses, hits people over the head with a wooden mallet. Hates the singing of drunk people and attacks them.
They sow up the door on cold nights.
Tiny men who live undergorund or in musrooms or at times house hold fairies. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabouter
(Juniper), the lovely fairy type girl who helps to herd cattle.
A wood spirit (most likely a form of Scrat) which haunts the Fichtelberg and is used to frighten children (If you don't clean your room the Katzenveit will get you). He is rough and hairy looking, wears a red cap as most fairies do and loves to frolic in the cellars and kitchen.
Small fairy type beings who wore greed, blue or red clothes which were often depicted as being rags. They often lived or visited barns ans granaries in the dim light of evening, clouding days, or moonlight where they would often help with the harvest and the growing of plants. They were honored ins pring festivals where people would where horns or animal heads and mustaches and beards made with rooster feathers, wool, fur and so on.
The Kaukas could also live underground, in hills, and forests much like fairy like beings throughout Europe.
A spirit which enjoys scaring children. She often appeared as a tall girl dressed in blue with long braids and blue eyes. She would cook dumplings and evite people to eat with hear. She would also appear in the form of the husband of a woman who's husband had gone missing. Though she was usually found out during meals for she had the teeth of a horse and the feet of a cow.
The guardian of roadways to whom white chickens were sacrificed. He was at times said to reside in stones alongside the road.
A water fairy which can appear as a large horse which will try to lure people (especially children and woman) onto his back so that he may run into the lake or river and drown them. They may also appear as handsome young men or woman.
A horrible smelling red haired kappa like creature which lives in banyan trees. It uses its long arms and legs to snag octopus, fish and crabs from the water below its tree.
Evil forest spirit which leads people astray at night with the help of illusions which make the world seem different from the way it really is. They can also change shapand in one story it came to a man who was in the bath hose as a wife and lead him outside making him think that the ground was covered in snow and the path was in a different location then it was so the man wandered far off into the forest before relalizing what had happened.
The primary fairy like beings of the Mari-El People
Beautiful beings that are about the same size as a toddler, they have golden teeth and long hair that reaches their backwards facing feet.They live within trees and bushes. Even though it is a wilderness spirit it cleans the area around its tree, sweeping constantly. They live in clusters and love to sing. Though not out right evil they do often steal food from people, especially yams. Though it gives magical gifts to humans who befriend it.
Wife of the Domovoi.
A brownie like fairy which inhabits mills.
Foxes who are very popular in Japanese folk tales as trickster figures.
Kit with the Candlestick (Engliish)
Another name for Will o the Wisp
Klaas Vaak (Netherlands)
An elf that would poot people to sleep by throwing grains of sand on them.
A name for earth colored fairies in the Scottish Lowlands
Spirits of still born babies who were buried under the threshold of a house became household spirits which often took the form of a soaking wet chicken, a duck, goose, magpie, crow, cat or even a human. They were generally helpful to their family and house but often stole from the neighbors. (Those stillborns not buried under the threshold became evil spirits called Poroniec)
Fairies that help miners. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knocker_(folklore)
A bogie who taps behind the wainscot to frighten children
Child size fairies which can either live in homes or in mines.
Kojin (Japan) (Kami)
Kami of the fire and hearth http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C5%8Djin
Straw from the last grain harvested which was made into a hare. The spirit inside this was good and could be brought into the barn to spend the winter before being brought back out in the spring.
General name for the spirit of the corn which was honored in order to insure a good harvest.
A house fairy which appears as a black cat, they tend to steal money and supplies from the neighbors for the people in their household.
The personification of fertility. They were spirits depicted in spring rigtuals.
Fairy like beings which have beautiful hair and bright red eyes with which they can bewitch people. Or they can be small black and hairy, wearing flat hats and velvet ribbons. The girls can sometimes wear purple caps. Pierre Dubois described them as one horned dwarfs with goats feet and iron claws shaped like a cat. They haunt caves, the fountains and moors.
Often attributed to fairy reings, which form from their circle dancing at dusk.
Korred's Grotto (German)
Caves which lead to the dwarves homes wher they live underground in magnificent chambers, where they forge weapons and all manner of wonderous items. They will also capture heroes and men and bring them down, occasionally loading them up with treasure as gifts or keeping them forever. Dietrich Von Bern for example was fetched away by such a dwarf.
A mythological character of the seasons, she is the embodiment of spring and fertility used in fertility rituals for fields. Often a young girl was dressed in a long white dress, with oak leaves in her hands. Other times a greed dress was used. Other times scarecrow figures were errected to represent the Kostrama.
Punishes bad children at Christmas. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krampus
Dangerous spirits which would settle into a house. They would move objects and make noise at night. Sometimes these noises were so loud and troublesome that the Kreacher would drive the people out.
Kud'ai deer (Even)
Protective spirits of reindeer with divine marks such as those who were white or piebald and only those with a ball of hair on their necks. This ball could bring luck to those who cut it off and formed it into a small rope. If someone is sick or hurt the shaman brings the Kud'ai to help heal the person.
Should a kud'ai die people wouldn't touch it. Shamans might also transfer illness to the kudai.
Reindeer were a gift from the Hovki, the god of the sun and so are animals fo the heavens.
Kudə bodəz (Mari-El)
(Also known as little hut spirit)
The family deity which inhabits the holy corner of the hut which is often divided from the rest of the hut and where dried twigs are placed for it and at times little wooden figurines. They appear to family members in dreamsin order to provide them with information and aid.
Sacrifices of cereal and the blood of a black sheep, hen or hare are made to it and are placed on a shelf in the holy corner. Such sacrifices are often made when a person has neglected this spirit causing them to become ill.
The patroness of foxes who was asked to bring them to the hunters traps.
The soul of a person which might be taken by an evil spirit making the person ill. The kut was often imagined to be a bird and was asked to flutter and fly back to the person who was sick.
A spirit which lived underwater except at Christmas when it would come out. It was very dangerous and would drag people into the water with it, so people sayed in to avoid it.
The moon goddess
Every lake and stream, forest and swamp, even the flowers and trees are living beings with intelligent souls or so went the philosophy of the ancient Finns. These spirits often known as haltia (a term meaning governor or steward) acts rules over some aspect of nature such as the back woods, or the mountains. Prayers to the haltia were extreamly common as people saught their help in protecting the cattle, finding the treasures which were buried underground, successfully hunting for game and more.
In addition to being the spirit of the forest every persona has their own haltia
“a wizard in working himself into an ecstasy invokes his haltia to rise from its hole, from under a fallen tree, or stone, or moss, or wherever it may be, and mentions its brilliant eyes and spotted cheek, as if he had a snake in his mind's eye. The technical term for being in an ecstasy (olla haltiossansa l. haltioisansa) means literally 'to be in one's haltia or among one's haltia,' in other words, 'to be in the spirit or among the spirits.' From the above examples we see that the heavens, the earth, the forest, the mountain, and individual men, have each their spirit, ruler, or guardian. Such an idea goes back to the earliest times.”
People who would detatch their heads form their bodies and send them flying out to drain the blood of babies.
One shaman's main helper spirit which dwells within a copper mirror.
Female spirits which haunt the mountains often thought to be the ghosts of virgins who died young.
Spirit of polish fields
A water dragon which terrorizes the land around Lambton hall until a knight slays it (Read Scotish Fairy Tale)
A bearded white deer, most often seen with one bright eye which wears a tall black hat. It is a protector of the other animals of the forest and will try to lure hunters to shoot at it rather than the other animals. If it gets shot it turns into a powerful dwarf like creature and attacks the hunter.
Laman Lupa (Philippines)
Little people who live in the earth. They consider themselves the true owners of the land and so demand offerings from people before people plant or havest. Such offerings include the blood of a red rooster. If this isn't done it will cause a blight on peoples crops.
The ghost of a woman who died during the fourty days of uncleanness or while givng birth to a stillborn child. The mothers grief in this causes her spirit to come back as a beautiful woman dressed in green, with long nails and ankle length hair. They can also take the form of a long taloned owl. They tend to live off of fish and so haunt the coast. They are jealous of pregnant woman and so will often attack these. One can tame them by cutting her nails and stuffing he hair into the hole at the back of her neck.
Sould of aborted (or later unbaptized) children who appeared as black birds. They caused small amounts of wind and whirls in the air. Originally they were not harmful to people but under Christianity they became devils who had sexual contact with people.
Laukų dvasios (Lithuania)
Sprits of the field who could appear as nude woman, Kiškis (hare), Meška (bear), Lapė (fox), Katinas (tomcat), Bubis, Bubas, Bubė, Baubas, Babaužis, Bobas, Maumas (bugaboo), Raudongalvis (red-headed), Raudongerklis (red-throated), Žaliaakis (green-eyed), Paplėštakis, Guda, Dizikas, Smauglys (boa), Ruginis (spirit of rye), Papiokė, Pypalas, Žebris, Arklys (horse), Vilkas (wolf).
The Laumės are female fairy like creatures.
Laukų dvasios (Lithuania)
Sprits of the field who could appear as nude woman, Kiškis (hare), Meška (bear), Lapė (fox), Katinas (tomcat), Bubis, Bubas, Bubė, Baubas, Babaužis, Bobas, Maumas (bugaboo), Raudongalvis (red-headed), Raudongerklis (red-throated), Žaliaakis (green-eyed), Paplėštakis, Guda, Dizikas, Smauglys (boa), Ruginis (spirit of rye), Papiokė, Pypalas, Žebris, Arklys (horse), Vilkas (wolf).
Little people who cause mischief such as riding animals (dogs, sheep, etc) until they are exhasted. They also tie the hair of animals and people into knots. Though oddly enough they have a sense of fair play, protecting the poor (especially farmers) from their bosses, etc. They are every intelegent.
Being internally duelistic they both steal from people but also help people to find money. They have huge stashes of treasure and so often a farmer or boy will catch them and try to force them to tell the farmer where it is, but the Lauru almost always outsmarts the human in the end. Though if you can manage to steal the Lauru's hat yor scarf you'll become rich.
Lazy Lawrence (English)
A fairy of the orchard who curses those who steal from the orchard to get cramps and pains.
Leanan Sidhe (Irish)
A fairy which inspires poets in return for their love
Llamhigyn Y Dwr (Welsh Fairy)
Called the Water Leaper in English the Llamhigyn Y Dwr is described as a giant frog with a bat's wings instead of forelegs, a long tail and stinger instead of hindlegs
It haunts fishermen breaking their fishing lines and while leap out of the water to eat them or livestock.
An old hag which needed a crutch. She would lure children into her forest cabin and then keep them by force.
Often spiteful but not evil this fairy loves to tell dirty jokes, jump on stomachs of sleeping people and so forth. They may also provide people with luck, however, such as by providing them with winning lottery numbers.
A fairy who makes shoes for the fairy court and hides pots of gold which it receives as payment.
Les Lavandières (Brittany)
One of the Celtic Washer Woman who act as death omens. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Lavandi%C3%A8res
The forest king, he controls animals and throws wild parties which uproot trees.
Lesnyye zhëny (Komi)
(Forest Wife) Was a werewolf like being which would marry hunters, living with them in their hunting hut but they were unable to cross water.
Witches which during the day appear to be ordinary humans. At night however they use postions to change their shape into tigers, monkies, pigs, or other animals. They can also send their head flying out to suck the blood of babies which are still in the womb.
A beautiful guardian fairy.
The spirit of misfortune
The weavers of fate in Lithuanian and Latvian lore.
A water dragon.
A shaggy old forest spirit which coudl appear naked or dressed in brown and a cap of marten fur. They could appear normal size or as tall as a tree, with hairy hands and feet.
In one tale he appeared as a little old man with a green beard. They were shape changers however and so could appear as a moss covered tree, an animal, a drunk man, a fungus, or anything else. It can also appear as fiery serpent and attack people in this form.
They are often considered to be dangerous beings which knock people over in the forest, or at times kills them.
He likes peace and quite in his forest and thus hates people who whistle at night or do other loud things in the forest. Though he himself is a mischievious creature. In order to escape him him one needs to turn their shirts inside out and wear their shes on the wrong foot.
Still it could also be helpful, it would provide people with knowledge of the future, help to find lost cows. Further hey protect the forest animals acting as a hereder of the wild. It was also believed that if you offered him rye flour or eggs at forest cross roads he would help to keep wild animals from eating your farm animals as well.
Lob Lie by the Fire
A house fairy
A water fairy that loves the arts of music and weaving and gets furious with anyone who makes mistakes at these.
A spirit of water and sky, they are believed to be a mediator between worlds (the spirits of the water and heavens). For this reason shamans will often immitate the sounds of the loon during a séance.
Word for Alder tree which was magical tree with a strong spirit. Weapons made from it could kill sorcerers such that they couldn't come back to life.
Lubberkin (Great Britain)
A form of house fairy.
A spirit who's name can be translated roughly to meadow. They appear as a little green ban with a shirt made out of grass. They are a field spirit who helps people to harvest but when angered can also hinder their ability by making the grain tougher to cut. They hate laziness and will attack those who fall asleep in the field.
In charge of snow white animals such as ermine
Only mentioned once in the songs that I have found;
"From waters of witches hast thou come, from the lilies on a landlocked lake, from Nixies’ lummekoira haunts, from a water-Hiisi's hole, from the sea's black mud, a thousand fathoms deep..."
The lunantishees are the tribes that guard the blackthorn trees or sloes; they let you cut no stick on the eleventh of November (the original November Day), or on the eleventh of May (the original May Day). If at such a time you cut a blackthorn, some misfortune will come to you.
A term for fairies in France. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lutin
The embodiement of sorrow, grief, injustice, and so forth. They are often portrayed as a one eyed giant old woman. They live in big houses in the middle of the forest, or in abandoned windmills. Instead of beds they sleep on piles of bones from those they have eaten.
A malicious spirit which causes whirlpools, blizzrds, and wind which scattered the hay in the fields. Tabacco was believed to drive it away.
A Queen of the Fairies. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Mab
Tree spirits who will curse mortals who hurt the trees.
Beautiful forest spirits who protect animals and will give good luck to people who leave them offerings at the base of their trees.
Maiden (Great Britain)
Human girls have the unique ability to calm and capture many creatures such as the Afnac, unicorn, etc. It is likely that this is a remnant of Shamanistic traditions of the past. For the Indo-European's often and woman as oracles. Further there is some evidence of a relationship between the early Celts and the Altaic People's who have female shamans.
http://zeluna.net/english-fairytales-thestarsinthesky.html - A fairy tale which likely has some roots in vision quests.
http://zeluna.net/english-fairytales-childerowland.html - A girl who sets out to free her love from fairy land..
Succubus or Incubus figure which rapes sleeping figures and devours their souls
A goddess of weather, and likely the original head goddess of the basques. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mari_(goddess)
A witch who sends spirits to possess people they don't like. The mambabarangs aren't a creature so much as they are ordinary people who have learned black magic. They will often torture and kill civtims by sending insects to infest their bodies. To do this they steal a strand of hair from their chosen victim and tie it to the bugs or worms whch they use much like a voodoo doll would be used.
Evil spirits which plauged pregnant woman and kidnapped newborn children, replacing the child with slow witted children. It was believed that they were women who died in childbirth or during pregnancy. They were portrayed as hairy old woman or as half woman half animal. A red ribben or red cap could protect children from them.
A flying monster which hunts for babies and fetuses which it uses it's long tongue to snatch from houses. The name Manananggl can also be a witch who sends her upper torso out hunting at night. This torso is able to fly. As with the other manananggal she uses a long tongue to suck babies and fetuses out of woman. However she is a beautiful creature who will seduce men in order to lure them away so that she may devour them as well. She tends to eat the heart, liver, and stomach, rather than the meet. Sunlight is very dangerous to her so if she can't find the lower half of her body by dawn she will die. Salt, ash and garlic can be placed on this lower half to prevent her from combinding again.
They are female wood spirits who use song and dance to lure boys into the woods, where they may chop off their heads.
May Mou- (English)
A spirit akin to the Killmoulis, whereas it is " the girl with the hairy left-hand " which haunts Tulloch Gorms, and gives warning of a death in the Grant family
They are old men with a sturdy build which dress in red, with a turquise jacket and a large hat. He is vindictive against those who betray trust. In one tale a girl trampled over his path, angering him so that he breathed in her face causing her to forget her previous life. He than brought her back to serve him, teaching her how to make butter and cheese while promising to teach her how to make wax. Before this could happen a hunter recoginized her and brought her home, they tried to revive her memory but failed until at last an old lady gave her milk form a white goat at which point her memories returned. She was the one who taught her people how to make butter and cheese.
Medeina / Žvorūna (Lithuanian)
A Lithuanian forest godess.
Meg Moulach (Scotland)
A female house fairy who turned evil.
An Evil Forest Spirit
Melsh Dick (Britain)
A guardian of nut trees.
A forest fairy which appears as a tiny man. They love to riddle, struggle for dominance, etc.
Goddess of the forest and one of the primary creators of the sacred bears she is at various times the wife or daughter in law of Tapio.
She is asked at various times to help with haunts or to protect cattle grazing in the forest or those who are seeking to gather mushrooms and berries.
She heals animals through healing, or by treating baby chicks which have fallen from their nests and occasionally she’ll train a human in her healing arts.
Half Human Half Fish Water fairy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mermaid
A form of mermaid which used red caps to transform.
Another word for fox
Is a tiny fairy which might swarm like mosquitoes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minairó
Moddy Dhoo (Manx)
A form of black dog http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moddey_Dhoo
Said to be the spirits of children who died before they were baptized they are handsome with a gentle character (They also wear a red cap like most fairies). They usually appear to children with whom they spend a lot of time playing. They often play childish pranks on adults such as tickling thier feet, pulling off their covers, or sitting on them while they sleep. They tie the hair of animals into knots.
They will whisper sweet words into the ears of beautiful girls and lick or pinch their cheeks.
They can vanish at will by clapping their hands in order to return to their home in a cave ful of treasure.
Water spirits of sylphic beauty which live in underwater gardens and buildings of gold and crystal. They cause flooding which destorys crops and villages. AN may also drown people. They are eternally young sirins,
A form of vampire which is born from the union of to strigoi (another from of vampire).
The spirit of the frost and cold.
Moss Folk, Wood Folk, Forest Folk, Wild Folk
Small in stature though somewhat larger than elves, gray colored beings are often hairy and clothed in moss. They act as Wood Wives. They helped out at a mill but were scared away when one of the workers offered them clothes.
A mysterious benevolent character who is the symbol of wisdom and prosperity.
Mother Žeminyke (Lithuanian)
The spirit of the good harvest. If a good harvest is desired one should sprinkle bread crumbs in the fields and pray to Mother Žeminyke to make the grain grow.
Mouros (Spainish Celtic)
Supernatural beings which were forced to take refuge under they earth where they gather a great treasure. They rearely leave their dwellings except to get food.
Muma Pădurii (Romanis)
A witch of the forest. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muma_P%C4%83durii
A form of house fairy, they often aid people in a house bringing them luck or money. They also blow in the ears of sleepers to wake them when danger is coming. They can be problematic however for they like to touch beautiful women in their invisable state. You can get them to be beneficial with food, in return for their gifts. Though they will curse any who reveal that they live in a house. They tend ot come out at night to give people the treasures. Its unknown if these treasures come from the Munaciello themselves or if they are stolen from other people.
A half man half ram man who has horns on his head, an upper body of a man and legs of a ram. He wears a green suit and lives in the eastern part of the Catabrian Mountain. They act as they lord of the forest and are bitter enemies against loggers and hunters.
The spirit of unbaptiized children or a child left to die in the forest. They chase lone wonderes, jumping on their back and demanding to be carried to the graveyard so they can rest on hollowed ground. But their weight grows as they near the graveyard until they crush the person carrying them or get enraged and kill a person should they be unable to complete the task.
Beautiful shapeshifting watersprites of Scandinavia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neck_(water_spirit)
Similar to the Nacken of Scandinavia this spirit resides in murky pools of water and rivers, especially in dark places such as under bridges or docks. They pull people into the water to drown.
The Nakki has many appearances in mythology, as an ugly fishermen which can change into a beautiful three breasted women. A fish, a horse, or some other animal. Or as a handsome man which is ugly on their back.
Nang Kwak (Thai)
A spirit which appears as as a beautiful woman who typically wears a red dress. She is a household spirit, a bringer of luck who helps to bring money to a household and or business. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nang_Kwak
Nanny Button- cap
of whom the children sing : The moon shines bright, The stars give light, And little Nanny Button-cap Will come to-morrow night.
My Own Self (Enlish Fairy Tale)
The name of fairy which comes down the chimney and plays with a child http://zeluna.net/english-fairytales-myownself.html
A tiny sprite which if touched by a candle by a mortal turns into a pile of coins.
A form of Grindylow
Nemdə kurək kuga jen (Mari-El)
A kermet who was once a great leader of humans but buried himself instructing people to only awaken him in case of a war. He has an invisible army which he is constantly drilling in the mountains so people can occasionally hear their shooting of guns. When cattle die in an epidemic it is thought to be his soldiers taking the food they need from the land.
He is worshiped during times of wa.
He appears always in the form of a fine apple-grey horse on the sea-shore; but he may be distinguished from ordinary horses by the circumstance of his hoofs being reversed. If any one is so foolish as to mount him, he gallops off, and plunges into the sea with his burden. He can, however, be caught in a particular manner, tamed, and made to work.
Water fairies who are helpful and cheeful by nature, they are very polite. Though of course they also like to tease people They could also be dangerous however, for they would drwon people at times.
Wicked hag of the forest which smells of moss.
A water horse (Read the Fairy Tale)
The Spinners of fate, these fairies are the ones who control the world.
The King of the Connacht Fairies in Cnoc Meadha (or Castlehacket)
Appearing as a man with a thick beard and a big hat. He is the cloud master, often causing damage to fields. Though he can also be very kind. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuberu
A one eyed sea monster who came up onto land. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuckelavee
Nuno Sa Punso (Philippines)
Appearing as a very tiny old man with a long beard. They live in anthills and terminte mounds or under large rocks, trees, riverbanks, caves or even peoples backyards. They are easily angered and will do harm to those who disturb the places in which they live. They have the ability to curse people causing them to swell up.
They can cause many types of illness, and medicine is unable to cure that which they do. Thus only an albularyo can cure the curses of the Nuno. Other times the victim's family would provide offerings of fruit, drings and other food or objects in order to get the nuno to forgive them.
If this doesn't work people might kill the nuno by crushing its head between ones fingers. In order to do this a fat woman would lay near their home at night. Having some strange affinity for large bodied mammals of the opposite sex the nuno would be lured out by this.
Nyypetti (Tapio’s son) (Finland)
Aids in herding cattle to summer pastures
Nyyrikki (Tapio’s son) (Finland)
Wears a blue cloak a tall red hat and has a white beard
Oak Tree Spirit (England)
The fairy of an Oak Tree offers a man three wishes if he agrees not to cut down his tree. http://zeluna.net/english-fairytales-thethreewishes.html Old Lady of the Elder Tree
Ogre, Orco, Hepol Huorco (France and Italy)
Likely a perversion of the idea of Orcus, the Roman deity of the underworld he is pictured as black, hair, bristly but of great stature. In Germanic tales he is simply called the Devil.
Old Shock (Britain)
I a mischievous goblin in the shape of a great dog or calf, haunting highways and footpaths after dark. Those who are so foolhardy as to encounter the beast are sure to be thrown down and severely bruised.
A Shamans helper spirits. In some cases they were believed to be the spirit of shamans who have died, they can be consecrated in idols within three years of the shamans death and placed in the home or in the wilderness. They are oten placed at the borders between taiga and steppe, the mouths of rivers or other important places. Suld ancestral spirits which remain on earth
Ongon Mod or Ezetei (Mongolia)
Trees which stand in special places such as mountain passes, near springs, and so forth.
Orang Bunian (Indonesia)
Human like spirits which live in wilderness areas.
A spirit double that appears when a human is first born and accompanies them to their death. They exist outside the body, though the person couldn't see them. Those few who did see them saw them as doing the same thing as their master. They would often appear as a woman in a yellow dress, though they had other human forms.
The orth would try to warn his master of danger, and especially of death. Those who listened to their orth would obtain happiness.
Bears were the powerful kings of the forest in Komi mythology, they had the shamanistic power of transformation and could at times turn into a person. Originally a deity in the sky he came to earth because of his love of earth food, but once he ate here he could not return. It was Osh got the deities to give humans their thumbs, even though it meant that he might be hunted by humans. Further Osh made the swamps, mountains, valleys, and so forth by scratching the flat earth. Though clearly good black bears were also symbols of death.
In addition to food, Osh loved human woman and would sometimes take them to live with him.
Was the spirit of the bear which was considered to be the forest king and was often referred to as being related (brother, uncle, cousin, etc) in order to avoid saying his name directly.
Suld spirits which remain on earth
Oude Rode Ogen (Netherlands)
A boogie man figure who appears in black with fiery red eyes. He can appear as a seven foot long man or a large dog. The is a cannibalistic shapeshifter, who can appear naked.
Dangerous spirit of the grain house
is a terrible boggart with saucer-eyes, and dragging clanking chains ; or it takes the form of a large sheep or dog walking beside you, making a soft noise pad, pad, pad with its feet. It always portends disaster.
Pari Pari (Malaysia)
A forest spirit which appears like a human and which has a human like society. Pari Pari have magical powers which they use to cause mischief, heal illness or provide wealth to people.
Pasu Perke (Mari-El)
A form of field spirit or blessing which cause the gropes to grow well. The pasu perke can be stolen by another mari who has a poor harvest at which point the person who’s pasu perke has been taken will then seek to take anotherone by putting a little dirt in his shoe and dragging it by the shoelace back to his own field where he prays to the pasu perke asking it to stay.
Small but incredibly strong fairies. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pech_(mythology)
A female water fairy which seeks to drown people and at times will steal animals.
Pellings (Welsh Fairy) (Welsh Fairy)
A tribe of half-Fairies who are decended from Penelope
A spirit protector which can also be used as a weapon to harm others. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelesit
A woman who could split their torso in half to send the top half flying around. When they did this their blood would drip from the sky and cause soars on anyone touched by it. The Penangglan will usually keep vinegar in order to help put themselves back to gether. They tend to suck the blood of woman in order to maintain their beauty, kill enemies or do other similar sorts of things.
Followers of Berchta who wear animal masks.
A spirit which can take the form of a deceased love one, (possibly the personification of regret). They may also take on the form of a person in order to trick a woman into believing that they are their husband. They can have children with humans though such children are weak and have an isatiable appitite. Other times they can also be a blood sucking being or can take the form of a serpent. It is almost impossible to get rid of it.
The lord of thunder and perhaps the most important deity to the Lithuanians (As thunder is to nearly all Indo-Europeans) As the thunder god he would hurl stone axes and arrows which lent power to the goddess of fertility allowing the crops to grow. The thunder god also ended droughts which were caused by dragons, and kills dragons which cause floods as well.
In ancient times he could be depicted by a pair of rams, a giant eagle, or a horse with wings. Later he was often depicted as an old man with a crown made from cherry blossoms. Still elsewhere he might be depicted as a blacksmith dressed in green with a red hat.
Perry Dancers (Suffolk)
The Northern Lights
A giant cat or dog which goes into peoples homes and night, where it lays on their chests making it diffuclt for them to breath and causing nightmares.
A mischievous Shape Changer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C3%BAca
Peix Nicolau (Catalan)
A merman type creature http://ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peix_Nicolau
Phi Am (Thai)
A ghost which sits on sleeping peoples chest or liver.
Phi Ban (Laos)
Connected to fertility and the well being of a community. They are the protectors of the fields, forsts, water ways and so forth that make up an area. Typically phi ban appear as a married couple and are likely the spirits of the first couple to settle an area.
Phi Chamb (Thai)
The mostly harmless spirit of a woman who died in the jungle.
Phi Duat Leut (Thai)
A vampiric spirit
Phi Khamod (Thai)
A will o the wisp type spirit which glows red.
Phi Krasue (Thai)
A spirit which often appears as a beautiful womans head with intestines dnagling from her neck. They would often tie a black ribbon around their head and nick to protect themselve into the sunshine. She would hypnotize people so that they couldn't move, allowing them to devour the person. They prefered to go after pregnant woman, the closer to giving the birth the better.
Phi Fa (Laos)
Spirits of the celestial world
Phi Fa (Thai)
A spirit which causes illness and disasters. People would use rituals and offerings to try to please her. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi_Fa
Phi Ha (Thai)
A dangerous spirit of a woman who died in child birth and has turned her regret into rage.
Phi Hai (Laos)
Spirits of fields
Phi Na (Laos)
Spirits of the rice paddy which will often attack people. Becuause of this farmers often set up shrines to them in order to make them offerings before they plow the field, in order to appease them.
Phi Nang Tani (Thai)
A spirit of the banana tree which appears as a beautiful woman. They will provide people with food.
Phi Pa (Laos)
Phi Pa (Thai)
A forest spirit to whom hunters leave part of their catch (Lip, eye lid, foot, or some other part).
Phi Pay (Laos)
Dangerous spirits of woman who died in childbirth.
Phi Pop (Thai)
A female spirit which will often devour people's intestines in an attempt to find a body to possess. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi_Pop
Phi Puta (Laos)
The protectors of a village
Phi Sia (Laos)
Ancestral spirits which live within the pilars of a house and protect the households members, protecing their decendents from malevolent spirits while also providing them with luck.
Pho Sop (Thai)
The Siamese Rice goddess who appears as a beautiful woman wearing a red dress and full jewelry. She is always associated in some ways with rice sheafs
Phi Tay Hong (Thai)
The spirit of someone who died of unnatural causes. They possess those who have offended them. This can be prevented with an offering or by causing pain (often in the form of whipping) to the person they've possessed
Phi Thaen (Laos)
spirits of the sky
Phi Thiaowada (Laos)
Protectors of the family.
Phi Tonmai (Thai)
Spirits which live in trees, such spirits could be helpful or dangerous. The trees which were believed to be inhabited by important or powerful spirits would have cloth wrapped around them to show that a spiritual being resided within.
Phi Tonmai (Laos)
The spirits of trees.
Phra Bhum Jowthee (Thai)
Guardian spirits of the land. Such spirit houses can be built for the spirits of people who have died as well. http://www.chiangmai-chiangrai.com/spirit_house.html
Phra Bhum Jowthee of the home (Thai)
The gaurdian spirit of a household, people will often pray to them for advice and protection. Furhter many homes provide them with a small San Phra Phum. These spirits also help with business matters, aiding people in making more money.
Phra Bhum Jowthee Waters (Thai)
Phra Bhum Jowthee Gardens (Thai)
The protector of nature and by extention gardens. Many gardens will have a small San Phra Phum built for this spirit.
Phra Bhum Jowthee of Gates and Stairwells (Thai)
The protector of the entrences of places, which is believed to live within the doorstep of homes.
Phra Bhum Jowthee Animals (Thai)
A spirit protector of animals.
Phra Bhum Jowthee Temples (Thai)
Phra Bhum Jowthee Military Bases (Thai)
Phra Bhum Jowthee of barns and food storage (Thai)
A gaurdian spirit of places where people store their food.
Phra Bhum Jowthee Mountains, Forests, fields, and rice paddies (Thai)
Interstingly enough the protector of wilderness forests and mountains is also the protector of farms.
Pied Piper of Franchville
The Pied Piper is likely some form of fairy teaching a morality lesson, what's more he leads the children into fairyland.
(Rowan) the tinny lass who will help herd cattle.
Another name for Will o the Wisp
Protects animals from the hunters, directing game animals away from danger.
Another name for Pixies.
Mischievous and often small fairies
Plant Annwn (Welsh Fairy)
Beautiful lake fairies which have been compaired to nymphs
A ghost with green faces and empty eyes.
Dangerous spirit of midday which kills and torments farm workers.
A spirit which lives in the field and appears as a white beareded old man. He will attack people who work in the field at noon. Very odd he would ask for people to wipe snot on his beard, if someone refused to do this he would curse them. If someone did so he would disappear leaving the person with silver coins in his hands.
A small male spirit of the fields with grain for his hair. They are typically encountered at noon and sunset, he would trampel those who were asleep and was dangerous to drunk people who encountered him. During harves ttime the polwik fled the blades and sickles until he finally came to be in the last sheaf of grain, which was put into a box in the corner of a barn until the spring when he was released back into the fields.
A form of Rusalka.
Spirits which are enslaved by people, most often to harm others. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polong
The souls of woman who died during or soon after their wedding, they appeared as beautiful women with transparent dresses or shaggy old woman. They attack people who remain in the field during noon time. (Thus most farmers) went home durng the noon hour. Often times they would ask people a riddle, if the person didn't solve it the poludnica would tickle the person to death. They are lovers of fun and will dance all day at times. In addition it was said that they would kidnap children, or cause whirl winds.
Soul of aborted fetuses, a child born dead, or a baby killed by their mother shortly after birth. Their unrealized potential life manifests as strenght making them very powerful and dangerous spirits. Still borns who wer buried under the threshold would become good spirits called Kłobuk. The Kłobuk often assumed the form of soaking wet chicken, a duck, goose, magpie, crow, cat or even on ocation humans. He would help his family through life, though he often did so by robbing the neighbors.
Tiny fairy of the farm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portunes
The spirits of the wind and whirlwinds they drove storm clouds. Often positive they also helped lift peoples spirits according to one folk song.
Spirits of dead children who's voices sound like that of a frog. They fly aruond with regret and are often tormented by other spirits. They can take the form of an owl or stork, or may act as the will o' the wisp leading people into swamps as flashing lights.
A strong one eyed forest which who lived with a bear. She was a spiritual master of the water and the forest and had power over each element as well as life or death. Allowing her to bring people back fromt he dead.
A werewolf or vampire, they are undead souls who can turn into wolves.
Spirits which roam around in bad weather and cause damage to human property.
Mischievous fairy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puck_(mythology)
The spirit of woman who died will pregnant. They appeared as lonely beautiful woman who would attack people on deserted streets in order to devour them.
Woman with magical powers who lived in the forest and could obscure the sun as they flew through the air. In many tales they were cannibalistic seeking after adults and children and even baking boys into pies.
The witches also often took the form of toads which could grow wings in order to fly through the air. Ad toads they would suck the milk from cows, or even kill them with their deadly poisonous bite.
Monster which can take the form of a dwarf, whirlwind or hawk.
Ratchets, Gabble Raches, or Gabriel's Hounds (n.Cy. Yks. Lan. Stf. Der.) are spectre dogs whose yelping cry may be heard at dead of night, or in the early morning, what time the collier goes to his work in the pits, a warning of death to the hearer or to some one among his kinsfolk and acquaintance. Their leader Gabriel is condemned to follow his hounds at night, high in the upper air, till doomsday, for the sin of having hunted on Sunday.
IN charge of animals with a white cross on their brest. Often small and furry such as ermine and weasel.
Rawhead and Bloody Bones
The boggart of the ponds is a masculine water- demon called Rawhead, Tommy Rawhead (w.Yks.), Bloody-bones (Lan.), or Rawhead and Bloody-bones, e. g. Keep away from the marl-pit or rawhead and bloody-bones will have you.
Goblins that infest the ruins.
A gentle form of seilkie.
A mischevious spirit which causes the winds. He was at times imagined as a human figure with bat wings.
The Dutch name for the rye mother.
Roggenmohme, Larvenshcopper, Preinscheuhen (Germany)
The spirit of the grain fields who appears with long black teats, or iron teats. She kidsnaps children and occasionally tries to succle babies, but those she does will likely die. Originally she was a little more socialable and helped make good harvests. She is also some form of household fairy for she plays tricks on those who have not spun their distaffs clear on the Twelve Days of Christmas.
Rooster were believed to have many magical powers within Kimi mythology. They could reach all areas of the universe, much like a shaman did, including the realm under the water, and the celestial world (passing through fire without hurting himself). The rooster was considered to be one of the first birds created in the beginning of the world.
The rooster was also a gaurdian against evil forces, for when they crowed evil lost it's power. Further they would use their powers to warn people of danger.
Rugių boba (Lithuania)
The last cut rye or wheat sheaf in the field. Typically imagined and female and often portrayed as a motherly figure to which chickens might be sacrificed.
The famous character is in truth very different from what you think, but to understand him similar tales with the same being have to be studied.
Spirits of the rivers and lakes which will tickle people to death.
San Phra Phum (Thai)
Spirit houses, they are tiny buildings which are placed on a small table outside them on which offerings can be placed, such offerings include garlands of flowers and or food. It was believed that building a hosue or other building could desterb the spirits of an area so spirit houses were built as well in order to placate the spirits.
Spirits are usually neither good or evil exactly, rather they are overly emotional and or mischievious. Highly emotional they get upset if they don't get their way or fi something changes to fast and they are not given appeasment.
Gentle fairies who can act as tricksters but are typically portrayed as kind. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A2nziana
Ugly evils shape changing spirits which act as sort of a female boogie man. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samca
A magical bird which if captured will bring a person luck.
A spinning fairy (Read the Fairy Tale)
A little old man who dresses in tobacco colored clothing and always wears a hat on his head. He sits on the chests of those who are sleeping makeing them sleep restlessly. They repay kindnesses done to them with gold coins or by pointing their benefactor to a hidden treasure. If you can steal his hat he mut also point you to treasure.
The Scazzamurrieddhru will appear to those going into the cemetery at night. Those doing so however are attacked by the Scazzamurrieddhru who will jump on the persons chest causing them to laugh uncontrollably until they die.
A fox who steals from a castle owned by three bears.
Scrat, Waltschrat (Germany)
A shaggy wood elf. It is about the size of a child, as light as the wind, are always male and in some cases can appear as a butterfly. Every house has a schrezlein and if it is fostered he can being luck, he rides the cattle to drive them where they need to be and helps prepare the table. They appear to be wild and rough a bit like fauns, though they are primarily mentioned as house fairies. Although scrats are social towards humans they never appear in groups. Jacob Grimm speculated that their opposite is the wood wives. He also notes that in the 6th and 7th centuries they must have been worshiped fore their were trees and temples dedicated to them.
Seelie Court (Scotland)
The court of light fairies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seelie_Court
Šeimės dievas (Lithuania)
The deity of an individual family, a form of hearth deity to which chickens were sacrificed by throwing them into the fire place until they had burned down.
Fairies which appear human but can turn into seals by putting on a magical skin. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selkie
A female spirit which haunts stretches of road and can appear with in blinding light.
Delecate creatures that live in communities much like humans, only they are invisible to most humans.
A beatiful young girl who was turned into a mermaid by her mothers curse.
Head and chest of a beautiful women but the body of a bird. It sings for those pure of heart, a song which kills those not so pure.
Green scaled humanoids with webbed hands and feed, with fins all over their body. They might also have tentacles with which they drown people and eat them.
Sharash Taiga (Thvinian)
A protective spirit which is reffered to as 'twin headed with many snow covered caps.' Shamans helpers were the 'grim owners of the forest' they were protectors of the shaman when he battled evil spirits
The, or gregarious fairy of Ireland wears foxglove bells on head
A shell wearing water fairy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shellycoat
The Personification of illness, they took the form of animals and objects (beetles, mice, birds, worms, grubs, hair, thread, lizards, a speck of dust, among other things) or of a little man. It did this in order to try to get inside people, often through their food, thus they carefully examined their food before eating it.
Sometimes such beings were made by witches or evil wizards who would put them on food or at cross-roads in order to curse a passing person, where it would follow them to their homes.
A woman who was seen sitting on the banks of her river combing her long black hair. Those who saw her were soon to drown. She would also carry off children who wen to close to the fast moving water.
Skriker is an apparition portending death. It wanders about in the woods by night uttering loud, piercing shrieks, its form being then invisible. At other times it takes visible shape as a large dog, with
enormous feet and shaggy hair, and the usual saucer-eyes. When walking, its feet make a splashing noise, as of a person in old shoes walking in soft mud ; hence it is also known by the name of Trash, for to trash signifies to walk wearily through wet and mire, and trashes are worn-out shoes.
Spirits which haunt mines. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shubin_(ghost)
Protective spirit refered to as 'My moon and sun.'
They were dangerous spirits which would substitute babies for sickly changlings. In order to provent this people would put needles, scissors, bread and salt near the baby. Other times they would appear as dancers, revelers calling to a child, should the child give them their hand the child whill be under the Shuvgeya's power forever. Further the Shuvgeya often existed in spaces which acted as a bridge between the spirit world and the human world. Such spaces included bridges, barns, the forests and the bath house. It was dangerous for a child to enter any of these alone or they might be taken.
They would also carry away adults in the form of a whirlwind. They would also cause epilepsy, especially in those who disrespected their holidays. In addition to taking people they often saught to mate wiht them, taking on the form of a recently deceased loved one, or as a beautiful woman in order to lure people further into the woods.
In order to protect oneself from a Shuvgey a person would wear a silk thread tied around the waste, and certain crystals which could be worn in a bag on the chest.
A Queen of the wood wives who is enthroned upon a giant rock. She is at first covered in hair when she carries a man off to her land, but she eventully takes this off and becomes beautiful, as her name means "fairest in the land."
A water spirit which is very seductive in the front but which has a hollow back. She uses her beauty to hunt for single men who live near the like, where she delights in clombing her long flowing hair. To protect oneself one could use a sharp iron or steel knife as she could not stand the presence of these.
They would also sometimes herd their own cattle.
Those who shared their lunch with the Sjörået would be given great luck by her, which can be understood as a remnant sacrifice to her. In one tale a fisherman gives a Sjörået his gloves and so is warned when storms are coming.
Spirits which lived underground and acted as gaurdians of the earth's natural resources. He was the master of the underground realm and would take the souls fo the miners who died while working. But he was also generally favorable as he warned of impending flodding, fire, cave ins. He did not like those who were lazy or unreliable. He typically appeard as an old man with a bird and a lamp in his hand but he could also take the form of a goat, horse, dog, mouse, frog, spider, flea, or be invisible. Though people could feel their presence or hear them knocking on the walls of the mine.
A congregation of wizards who are linked to the Dacian priests of the pre-Roman era. Those who become Solomonars are taken to forest caves to learn secrets such as the ability to summon and ride a dragon, control weather, and such forth. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solomonari
The name of a little fairy child that lives with some humans for a short time.
Known as the mistress of the forest and the leader of the wild animals. She leads people in the forests astray and tries to seduce men with her great beauty. However her back is hollow like an old tree.
A wood sprite who was likely once a higher semi-devine or even divne being. He lived in sacred trees in the forests of Germany.
A house spirit which helped take care of the farm and lived in the fire of the fireplace, but he was dangerous for he took his masters soul when he died.
Sleih Beggey (Manx)
A Manx name for the little people
Sluagh, “hosts,” the spirit-world. The “hosts” are the spirits of mortals who have died.... According to one informant, the spirits fly about in great clouds, up and down the face of the world like the starlings, and come back to the scenes of their earthly transgressions. No soul of them is without the clouds of earth, dimming the brightness of the works of God, nor can any win heaven till satisfaction is made for the sins of earth
Small Pox (Even)
Beautiful woman with red hair who would sneak onto peoples sledges and travel with their caravan. Most people could not see her outside of the shamans. When the shaman would try to fight her she would take the form of a giant red bull. If small pox defeated the shaman they would infect and kill the shaman's people. Because the causer of small pox was such a powerful spirit shamans often ganged up on them when they could.
Specter of the Bloody Hand
Death Portent in the Kinchardines
Creatures similar to sprites)
Spirit of the Yurt (Khakass)
The second offering in a ritual would be made to the spirit owner of the yurt ]. During rituals these spirits are put up in a high table which is placed in the front corner of a yurt. Mutton and curds and bottles of liquide are placed on the table so that their scent can rise up as an offering for the spirit. In addition nine pieces of clothing were offered on a rope. Further a decorated horse was given to it as a living offering. They would protect the village, help to cure illness
The personification of fertility. He could appear as a hamster, rat, snake, dog, cat or frog. Or he could appear as a man with white curly hair.
Guardians of the fairy hills
Whenever the traveller had the misfortune to lose his way, or whenever there was a prospect of deluding him from it, this vigilant link-boy was ever at hand, to light him into far worse quarters than even the purlieus of Covent Garden.
"Suddenly the traveller's attention was arrested by the most resplendent light, apparently reflected from a window not far distant, which, however, as the traveller approached, receded from him, like the rainbow. Still pursuing his course towards it, the wily Spunkie manoeuvred so dexterously that the unhappy wanderer was speedily decoyed into the nearest morass or precipice. Plunging headlong into some fatal abyss, the deluded victim never returned to his mournful wife and family, to relate to them the Spunkie's perfidy."
Small, hairy and reddish much like a squirral without a tale and an anthropomorphic face. They are boogie man type creatures which loves to frighten children, especially young girls.
The souls fo the dead which hautn places in which they lived in life, though they rarely interfer with the living, though they often scare people by moving objects, making sounds, or occasionally appearing visable for a few moments.
Steppes Spirit (Russia)
Appears as a powerful knight
Stille Volk (German)
Good folk, a reference to fairy like beings. Such beings live in peace with humans, occasionally doing services for them such as smith work, weaving and baking. Many times they will aid men in making newly baked cakes and bread. They also require human help in somethings. For example they use human midwives, they also need humans to help them divide their treasure when there is a dispute. Finally they like to hold their weddings in human homes.
Spirit of a distinguished ancestor who helped to tak efcare of the home. He caused bad dreams and disease to those who didn't show respect or were unclean. People would offer sacrifices to him, conducted by the oldes woman in th efamily who killed a black hen and put its blood in a cavity dug into the ashes of the hearth. They would than bake the chicken and spread it in the corners, than pour wine into the fire saying "Rejoice, Stop, Rejoice."
A form of vampire. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strigoi
A vampiric monster which appeard as a female with birds feet (claws). Those born with two souls (two rows of teeth or two hearts or babies born with developed teeth) would leave one soul in the body when they died. This soul would drink blood in order to stay alive. It moved around in the form of an owl at night, often attacking people for wrongs it felt they had commited against it during it's first life. When it couldn't get the blood of humans it could could live off of that of animals for a time.
Water sprites who are so good at music that they can make benches, cups, sand, old men, and even babies dance.
Vampire which comes from the soul of a person with two souls which can take the form of an owl.
Fairy which weaves fate
a spirit of the mountains or unders the stones or mill but it tends to inhabit the homestead and bathhouse and may appear as a handsome man or a pretty blond girl who is about three feet tall.
The suksəndal attacks those who go into the bathhouse alone at night (going into the bathouse alone is dangerous as the hot steam can cause people to pass out and die which is why this may have come about)
It also steals babies left alon in the house, and to prevent this the Mari mothers will often put scissors or some other iron object in the cradle to ward it off.
They make noises at night to cause people have nightmares. And sometimes has sexual intercourse with those who are dreaming.
Their bite causes stomachache.
Tales are told of helpful ones, and the Mari will ask them to protect the home and keep out evil.
Suld or Usen Fayenga (Mongolia)
An Ancestral spirit which remains on earth forever. This spirit may protect their descendants or contact them to give them advice. Such spirits live within natural places such as trees, springs, rocks, etc.
Sundel Bolong (Indonesia)
Is a ghost of a beautiful woman who wears a long white dress which kidnap children not protected by sharp objects placed near them.
Swan Maiden (German)
Swan maidens are powerful beings, spirits who lead men to victory but who can also be made helpless with the theft of their power to return to the heavens..
The wraitli is an apparition exactly like a living person, and its appearance, whether to that person or to another, is commonly thought an omen of death. These apparitions are called " fetches" throughout the sister island, in Cumberland " swarths," and in Yorkshire
Red colored female spirits who live within trees and protect the animals and plants of the forest. For those who pay them respect and give them offerings they bring luck. For those who anger them they can cause great trouble indeed.
Tai Burra (Altaian)
Protective spirit refered to as cloudy eyes. (See Altaian Protective Spirits)
The northern forest which the shaman would ask to help heal someone.
A shaman helper spirit refered to as 'Wide mouthed Taimens.' Shamans helpers were the 'grim owners of the forest' they were protectors of the shaman when he battled evil spirits
a sea-spirit which sometimes assumes the appearance of a horse, and at other times that of an old man
Tankerabogus, or Tantarabobus - A boogie man type figure used to scare children. In Scotland the word is a name for the fox.
Tapio was called the golden king of the forest, he had a mossy beard and a feathered hat of twigs from the fir trees. The wild animals were said to all belong to him as his flocks. Tapio was increadably important to people not just because they needed his aid an approval when they went hunting in the woods but because they needed to pasture their cattle and sheep in the forests and so their livelihoods depended on Tapio and the other forest spirits graces.
Tapio was often very helpful, however offerings of salt were often necessary to get him to give up his animals to trapps.
He and his family were said to live in secret forts made of wood and bone in the forests.
Tapio’s wife (Finland)
Tapio’s had an obvious dualism even having different names for her differing personalities. As a kind matran of hunters she was Mielikki, but when she didn’t care she was known as Kuurikki (the deaf), and was terrble in apperence wearing rags as she romed through the forest.
She is also known as Hongas or Hongatar 'Fir's daughter' and in this roll she has a hollow back (much like the forest spirits of Scandinvan mythology). She was known as Nyrkitar when she directed the forest cattle or the ermine, stoats and other furry creatures people might hunt.
When out of spirits and dejected she may have acquired the name of Nyrkitär. As directress of the droves (juoni) of forest cattle, the mistress of the forest receives the appellation of Juonetar. As ermines, stoats, and other furry animals
Tapitar and Tyytikki (Finland)
Mentioned daughters of Tapio in a song but nothing else is said about them.
Fairies who were thought to be children who died without being baptized.
A forest spirit which is known as the misleader is believed at times to be the spirit of an animal but more often that of a human who died without a name. It roves the forests, meadows, fields and occasionally enters cities and villages, often in the form of a giant.
It has the ability to change form into an animal or haystack or anything else it might wish.
Its laughs and shrieks frighten livestock.
It attempts to lure people off into unknown parts of the forest by calling out to them.
The Targəldəs tickles its victims to death.
They will put out campers fires, and frighten mushroom gatherers and berry pickers by riding them.
In the forest it has a family and so it will prepare its own wedding feats with its extensive cattle.
When happy the targəldəs may warm itself by the fires of campers without doing them any harm.
Fairy who wears a gold and silver dress
Tengeriin us (Mongolia)
Things which have been struck by lightning or meteorites which are believed to carry the power of the sky. In many ways one could immagine these as being like shamans of the natureal world.
Version of Rumpelstiltskin
Shaman's spirit helpers who aided him in his spirit journy.
Every person has a personal fairy with the power to take their life.
The Tiddy Ones (Lincolnshire)
Fen spirits that cause floods
A humanoid creature with a horses head and feet, but the body and hands of a human. They would rape human woman who would give birth to more tikbalang. They also used their powers of illusion to make people see things that aren't real or to loose their way. They loved to use these powers in order to drive a person insane. When the rain falls while the sun is shining a pair of Tikbalangs are getting married.
Tió de Nadal (Catalan)
A Christmas spirit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ti%C3%B3_de_Nadal
Tolaeth (Welsh Fairy)
Ominous sounds which act as a death portent
Tom Dockin (Yorkshire)
a bogie having iron teeth, with which he devours bad children
Tom Poker (Britain)
a bogie who inhabits dark closets, holes under stairs, unoccupied cock- lofts
Tom Tit Tot (Britain)
A fairy tale similar to Rumpelstiltskin
Helpful household fairies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomte
Tongazy Testimonies (Kyzyl)
Disease causing spirits which the shamans had to deal with.
Evil spirits of young girls who drwned in dispair or who was murdered through drowning. She cries fo rhelp to young men who she drowns when they try to help her.
A spirit invoked from a dead human fetus, often used by its master to steal or cause mischief. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyol
Tree spirits who were often worshiped as deities in their own right, as such they were given offerings of milk and beer. People would hear them talking in the rustling of the leaves. They could often be seen as beautiful women, owls, or as little people who danced on thre tree branches. They could give people ulcers.
The souls of the dead would pass into the tree, gaining new life as a tree spirit. In addition to females their was a an old man of the forest.
A fairy likely of Celtic origin, it is a domestic spirit who is mischievous and nervous. Often represented as a tiny mand who limps with his right leg. He plays small paranks or even damages things when in a bad mood. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trasgu
Hosehold fairies, they are protectors of the hoome but like most other house fairies can also be very msichevious. THey are black as soot with long black hair. They have little green eyes, twisted fangs, They typically dress in read cloaks made from bark and sewn up with ivy. They wear a white cap and carries a wood stick.
An implike creature which is annoying but not dangerous. They live in deep forests where i resembles mushrooms, leaves and moss making it very difficult to spot him. Although they are typically hidden they will often jump out to scare walkers or even pull up the skirts of women.
A spirit of the grain fields who is dreaded by children, for they believe that she kidnaps children.
A small troll like creature. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trow_(folklore)
Tuatha De Danann (Irish)
The fairy folk of Ireland. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuatha_D%C3%A9_Danann
Tugarin Zmeyevich (Russia)
Dragon knight from the steppes
Tul aba (fire mother) (Mari-El)
Fire is pure and so it is the messanger which carries mens sacrifices to the gods.People aslo pray to the fire to protect them from evil spirits. Because fire is so pure it doesn’t tolorate any kind of pure so when someone toches it with something dirty, throws wood on it in an an agressive way, or spits at it it grows angry and causes illness.
To pasify and keep the fire happy people offer it black hens, or milk from a black cow.
Tul bodəz (Mari-El)
Fire spirit which like the fire mother carries their offerings and messages to the gods. They also help to exersize evil from a hose through their smoke and a ritual. As with the fire mother the fire spirit cuases deseas in those who offend it and must then be placified.
(Birdcherry) refered to as 'the short' preyed to for help herding cattle
The personification of winter.
A tiny creature with a bald head which sound a bit like chickens (but look like humans). They are used by people to steal money. They are the spirits of still born children or fetuses which died.
Tylwyth Teg (Welsh Fairy)
The fairies of Wales
A caring home spirit which ensures the prosperity of a family. They are believed to be ancestral spirits.
Ukulan Tojon (Yakut)
The chief water spirit.
Clan tutelary spirits which would help with the harvest, protect peoples health, increase livestock, and aid in hhunting. People would sacrifice light colored horses to the Ul'gen. This horse could not be used for any kind of work, nor ever touched by a woman.
The Ukrainian vampire, is some versions they are the children of the Vid'ma. They were sorcerer's (alive or dead) which killed people by sucking out their blood. They could also come from the spirits of the unclean dead. No matter which type of Upyr they have red faces. They snatch people from their homes and drink their blood, but must return to their grave at the first cocks crow. They also caused droughts, crop failures, epidemics, and so forth.
Ugly but kind fairies which live near pools, they would at times seek out company but their appearance terrified everyone who saw them.
Fates which appear three nights after a childs birth to determine the direction their life will take.
Usan Khan or Uha Loson (Mongolia)
This spirit is the lord of the water.
Master of the lake who might curse those who defile water and is so powerful they are able to block the shamans eeren (helper spritis) from preventing his will. Thus to cure those he had made ill by Uspa offerings had to be made.
A shaman's ancestor spirit which becomes an extra soul when they become a shaman.
A messanger for Ul'gen who meets the shaman at the golden stake which blocks the shamans path to the highest levels of the upper world.
An evil water spirit which are born from the souls fo drowned babies and aborted fetuses. They loived in nearly any body of water such as those in roadside ditches and wells. They could also be responsable for floods, especially within fields and meadows.
They took the form of tall thin people with slippery green skin, an overly large head and dark haair. They appeared most often during a new moon and loved riddles, those who could not solve their riddles would be drowned.
beings which hurt people, causing them to become ill. They might also possess objects such as kettles.
The vakula appears as a vortex, a girl combing her long green hair, or a pike.
In the komi belief system water was the first element of the universe., it was what penetrated and bound everything else together. The Vakula would protect spawning fish, casting spears back at fishermen who attack them. They also attack and drwon lonely travelers or fishermen. They will drive the fish from the boats of those fishing and attack people at watermills. They were easily offended and would be angered by those throwing stones into a pond, woman rinsing clothing, or shouting and loud noises near their pond. Those who did these things might suffer from a headache. Thus those who suffered headaches would go wash in the water and ask for forgiveness.
The Valkula rarely left the water but at times they would come up to feed their cattle on the sides of the lakes.
At times the Vakula could be very helpful. In one tale a vakula brought a fisherman to her underwater house and gave him a lot of money.
Fairies which lwalk over hilltops at night, their are amny types which can be good or evil. They can appear as shadows, black cats, or shapeshift if they so wish.
Undead, blood drinking monsters
Female spirits of the wind which live in the forests, air and lakes. They travel around on a magical wagon causing dust storms or attacking children.
A form of werewolf which eats the sun and the moon, thus causing lunar phases and eclipses. They are evil beings who disturb the natural order. When the moon is redish it's believed that it's from heavenly blood dripping from the Vârcolac's fangs. In order to travel into the heavens the Vârcolac must send his soul outside of his body, connecting them with Romania's Shamanistic past when men who took wolf form could either be protectors or dangers to the people.
A water spirit which could take on many forms, including a tall man dressed in green with green hair, or a powerful old gray beareded man. Sometimes he would come up onto the shore and than when he threw himself back into the water it woudl cause a storm and huge waves. Normally, however, he lived underwater in a world much like the human world, with rivers, lakes, cows, huts, forests and the like.
He might also appear as a giant pike, and in this form he would attack fishermen causing their own spears to turn back on them. They might also snag children or even adults in this form. The Vasa believed strongly in politness, they would punish fishermen who swore by tearing up their nets. They would also punish those who threw trash into the water, or those who quarreled nearl their lakes or rivers.
In order to curry favor with the Vasa people would make him offerings of bread and butter every time they came to a lake or river to fish. They would also offer eggs, pancakes, and money to him. Those building watermills in his rivers would sacrifice a cat or a dog to him. They would also offer wine and other food as well to keep the mill safe.Those who did not do this would be drowned.
In one story the a woman who earned her livelihood through fishing. And in return for offerings the Vasa helped drive the fish too her. Eventually he came onto land and she had two sons with him.
(twigs daughter) asked by the hunters to climb into trees and listen to the songs to see if they are suitable.
Vazh yöz (Komi)
The spirits of ancestors. Such spirits take a direct interest in the affairs of humans and can their presence can be detected in the gentle breeze, the opening and closing of doors and widows, etc. Often such events are believed to be warnings from the vazh that something bad is going to happen.
At times they may appear in animal form or in dreams in order to manipulate the world or speak with a person directly. Such spirits were prayed to at every meal, and for other events such as a harvest, a hunt, etc.
A dangerous killer, it is a one eyed forest monster which is covered with hair.
According to Jacob Grimm these are female nature spirits, a form of wood nymph or wood wife.
A pale, wrinkly faced witch with a beak like nose, large greedy lips and motionless stairing eyes. They steal milk from cows, cause illness by sucking human blood. They meet on bare mountain tops and are duilistic figures for they also symbolize the victory of light over darkness. They would use brooms for flying or a liquid which allowed them to fly without help, often through the chimney. They are also capable of returning from the dead to continue their to live on earth even after killed.
A race of people which lives underground alongside humans and it was they who in legend taught people about agriculture and animal husbandry. They are said to heard their livestock through the mountains in summer time.
Drives game from her fathers hills and is somewhat comparable to the wind.
The fairy king of water ways.
Fairies which control human fate
The embodiment of the spirit of the forest. They were in essence the lords of the forest, often appearing as a bear, his voice could be heard in the owls cry. He could also take the form of a bird and so would often fly away from people with a great woosh. As with most such spirits it was also possible for him to take the form of a whirlwind. Though they also commonly appeard as a tall man in a black wolen coat. They lived in houses deep in the woods, and were typically accompanied by their dog.
They were the owners of the animals of the forest and so when they traveled somewhere for a time many of the animals would travel with them. He would punish those hunters who boasted about their skill and their number of kills. At the same time he would punish those who cursed their ill luck as well.
In order to be successful at hunting one was supposed to bring him gifts, leaving food on a tree stum p, often in the form of tobacco. Other times they would offer him fish cakes, eggs from a black hin, or even a dog which they would kill as a sacrifice.
Beyond this, however, he was a trickster figure, who loved to pull pranks on people. He would get people lost in the forests, and laugh at their misfortune. Other times who would kidnap people, keeping them in his house for a time before letting them go again (most of the time).
An evil spirit which would attack people at midnight.
The spirit of the field to who bread is left in order to gain a good harvest. In order to keep this spirit in the field the last sheaf of rye was left unthreshed, instead it was brought to the barn where the Vundöm would remain until spring, when they would be released back into the field.
an omen of death or an instrument for saving lives.
Wag By the Way
A friendly fairy which appears as an old man.
Vampires with elongated canines, regeneration powers, hypnosis, sensitive ears, and unusual speed and strenght. They tended to attack their family first when they rose from the grave. People who were left handed, had red hair, one eyebrow, a double set of teeth were more likely to become wampir.
Wee Willie Winkie
A fairy which helps people get to sleep.
A boogie man figure which kidnaps children. They appear as an old woman with large wringled breasts which dangle down to the ground.
White Lakes (Thvinian)
Shamans helpers were the 'grim owners of the forest' they were protectors of the shaman when he battled evil spirits
Whuppity Storie (Scottish)
A version of Rumpelstiltskin
Young female fairies which inhabited forests, mountains, rivers and lakes. They are able to ride the clouds and move them aside to look down at the earth. They often live in small groups of beautiful winged girls with light, almost transparent bodies. They appear naked or occasionally wearing short dresses. They can also shapeshift to appear as a horse, swan, hawk, wolf, or whilwind.
They helped young men to find love, warned people when storms were coming, told the future for people, helped needy farmers. But were internally duelistic as well for they could cause storms, drought, hail, and so forth. They could also cuase blindenss, insanity, or impossible to satisfy cravings in people.
Those who walk Widder Shins around a sacred place can find themselves trapped in the fairy realm.
Small, weak little fairies which are spoken of as being childlike.
A name for wood Wives
Of two burial mounds (in one of which an urn was found) near Pier-o-wall, Westray, known as Wilkie's Knolls'] the Orcadians can give no information who this Wilkie was. But there is a tradition prevalent that all the natives of Westray were in the habit of dedicating to him daily a certain pro- portion of milk. This milk was poured into a hole in the centre of one of the tumuli. It is also said that if any either refused or neglected to give him this portion of milk, that their clothes or other articles which might be exposed, would be stolen ; that they, and their cattle, would be in danger of being inflicted with disease, while their houses would be haunted by him. The natives still seem much afraid for Wilkie's influence, although they no longer dedicate to him oblations of milk. It is still customary for the natives to frighten their children to silence by telling them that "Wilkie's coming." — M.S. Letter by J. Paterson on Orkney Antiquities, dated 1833, in the Library of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
Will o the Wisp
Witte Wieven (Netherlands)
The spirits of wise women who remained on earth to help people. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witte_Wieven
Little fairies who live in the forest and can often bring luck to men, while also trading with them bread for objects that turn into gold.
A female fairy of great beauty, they live in fountains, rivers, water falls or any wilderness region with pure water. They hate the impure and will attack these, often driving them insane. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xana
Xaya Iccita (Yakut)
Spirit god of the mountains
A strange little hairy fairy (read the fairy tale)
Yarylo (Eastern Slavic)
A figure associated with the idea of fertility (spring and sexual power) They represented in rituals as dolls made of straw. They would be put into a coffin and carried to an old man who was dressed in rags as people acted as though they were morning. They would bury it in the field and soon morning would be followed by erotic innuendo and dirty jokes. It was than said that it would come back to life and when it did so the fields would revive as well.
Each yekyua is associated with a particular animal with the type of animal determining the strength of the yekyua. The Yekyua would act as familiar spsirts to protect the yakut shaman. Among the Yekyua dogs had very little power while elk are very powerful. Further some yekyua come with greater costs, such that the dog yekyua will gnaw away at the shaman and destroy his body, causing him to become ill. Most yekyua protect the shaman, however. Only shamans can see the yekyua. At times the shaman will put their own soul into their yekyua, which makes the shaman vulnerable as they will die if the yekyua dies. This allows the shaman to travel through the other worlds more easily, however.
Each spring the yekyua emerge as the snow melsts and begin to fight which in turn causes the shaman to feel ill.
Female spirits of the fog and mist.
Male spirits of the fog and mist.
A duelistic forest witch which is sort of a cross between Baba Yaga and Holda
Yot Ichchite (Yakut)
Spirit of the hearth fire which were fed morsals of food. The bride would offer the Yot Ichchite of her grooms family some food in order to honor it.
Zalozhnye pokoy̆nyky (Slavic)
People who died an unnatural death (Such as from alcoholism, drowning, wizards, witches, suicide, umbaptized children). Thus such people were considered unclean and were buried at crossroads, boarders of fields, in the woods, swamps, ravines, or just outside the fence of a church yard. These dead had the ability to cause droughts, or cause suffocation. in those who passed near where they were buried.
Good fairies whcih give life to fetuses in utero and bestow great gifts on them such as beauty, kindness, lukc, dance, etc. Though if they are upset they can also curse people.
An evil spirit who torments unmarried and recently married women int heir sleeps. They are considered to be the personification of the emotions a man who had intense love for the girl but which were rejected to them. Thus they haunt her.
The Fire Bird
The personification of dawn.
A spirit which brings poverty to a house hold. They appear as small starving old men whcih huddle in the corner near the stove, or may sit on a persons shoulders.
An anthromorphic monster with legs and arms with which it holds swords. It flies through the sky and spits fire. It likes beautiful girls and often kidnaps them in order to marry them, thus prompting a knight onto their quest.
Russian Three-headed dragons.
Zolotaya Baba (Kami)
Was an idol in the form of a statue of an old woman with a baby, or a number of children. Or at times a younger woman was depicted.
The name for dwarves in Germany, and so it was seven Zwerg which Snow White encountered.