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A List of fairies and creatures of the fairy type for writers, artists and those intersted in folk religions. 

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Hyang (Indonesia)
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

Aghoy (Philippines)
Appearing as beautiful humans they are forest dwellers. They come out of the forests at night to cause mild mischief such as moving things around or occasionally taking food. They are friendly, however, and will guide people to things which the person has lost. Further they will provide humasn with plants with medical properties.

Aswang (Philippines)
Shapeshifters who are human-like by day but transform into different monstrous forms to harass and eat humans at night, especially pregnant women. Some common forms include a bat, a pig or a black dog. Some aswangs can change form at will, others through the use of foul oils concocted by evil magicians. Aswangs appear at night to prey upon unwary travellers or sleeping people. It is said that they have a peculiar liking for human livers and human fetus. They are said to find their quarry by the scent of the mother, which to the aswang smells like ripe jackfruit. Upon finding the house of the pregnant mother, the aswang alights on the roof from where it stretches its tongue until it is as thin as a thread and uses it to enter the womb and feast on the fetus.The myth of the Aswang is popular in the Visayas, especially in provinces such as Capiz, Antique, and Iloilo. 

Bungisngis (Philippines)
A happy, laughing one eyed giant which lives in the forest. He has large teeth which allways poke out through his upper lip. In addition he has two large tusks coming out of the side of his mouth. He is very strong but is prone to panic and is easily outwitted.

Caranget (Philippines)
Small humanoid beings which are found in small mounds in forests and fields. They are helpful to shamans and will respond to them by making a wistling sound. They are very protective nature spirits and will curse those who harm their land.

Diwata (Philippines)
Beautiful and often benevolent nature spirits. Although there are numerous and varied accounts as to what they should look like, a general trend may be observed in that they are normally human in appearance—beautiful and seemingly ageless at that—save for some distinct characteristics. This may take the form of not having a philtrum or having continuously smooth and supple skin that somehow resemble fingernails, without any wrinkled parts as in the elbows and knees. They also tend to be fairer than average, as pale skin has been associated with the supernatural even during pre-colonial times (for example, the "white lady" belief is prevalent in the East and Southeast Asian regions).
The Diwata can be called upon ritually for positive crop growth, health, and fortune. However, like most such fairy creatures the Diwata also caused illness or misfortune if not given proper respect. They are said to reside in large trees, such as acacia and balete and are the guardian spirits of nature, casting blessings or curses upon those who bring benefits or harm to the forests and mountains. They have their origin in the Hindu Devata, with the term Diwata originating from the Indonesian Dewata.
The term "diwata" has taken on various levels of meanings it is sometimes loosely used to refer to a generic type of beings much like "elf" or "fairy," or very specific ones as mentioned above. It has been noted that the term "diwata" is synonymous to "anito," and that the usage of the word "diwata" is more prevalent in the Southern Philippines, while "anito" takes its place in the Northern areas.

Duwende (Philippines)
Tiny creatures which can provide good fortune or bad. They live in a number of places including houses, trees, or in termite like mounds. Though most of peoples encounters with them obviously occur in the home and in some ways they could be conssidered a form of house spirit. Whether they are good or mischevious depends on the home owners treatment of them. Thus people would leave food on the floor so that the duwende would not be angry with them. As a joke they might take and hide peoples things but will usually return them if asked politely. 

Ekek (Philippines)
Old looking huminoid bird like creatures with bills who haunt the nights searching for victims. They search for sleeping pregnant woman. When one is found they extend their long proboscis into the womb and drain the baby of it's blood. 

Enkanto (Philippines)
The male diwata which resides in the sea. It is customary for Filipino fishermen to offer meat and other delicacies to the enkanto by throwing them into the sea, after a day's bountiful catch.

Kapre (Philippines)
Appearing as a nearly eight foot tall hairy man who smokes a big ganja pipe and wears a belt which allows them to become invisable to humans. The Kapre can befriend people, though they often would play pranks on them, typically by causing travelers to loose their way in the mountains or forests. They could cause people to become confused even in familiar surroundings. Thus people affected by the Kapre might forget that they are in their own yard or fields. 
As nature spirits they can cause the trees to rustle, smoke to rise from a tree. They also cause abundant fireflies in forests (which come from the sparks of their pipe). Often those tricked by the kapre will hear laughter but see no source for it.

Kibann (Philippines)
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.

Lampong (Philippines)
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
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. 

Mahomanay (Philippines)
Beautiful forest spirits who protect animals and will give good luck to people who leave them offerings at the base of their trees.

Magtitima (Philippines)
Tree spirits who will curse mortals who hurt the trees.

Mambabarang (Philippines)
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.

Manananggl (Philippines)
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.

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.

Sarimanok (Philippines)
A magical bird which if captured will bring a person luck.

Siyokoy (Philippines)
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.

Tahamaling (Philippines)
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. 

Tikbalang (Philippines)
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. 

Bajang (Malaysia)
A familiar spirit which is acuired by a male who says the proper incantations of the newly buried body of a stillborn child. The Bajang will than possess people whom it's master chooses causing convulsions, unconsiousness or delerium. In order to protect children from this sharm metal objects would be placed near the babies.In exchange for services the bajang's master will often feed it eggs and milk. Should the bajang's master not treat it well it would turn on him.

Bunian (Malasyia)
Fairy like spirits which live in large communities that resemble those of humans. They tend to live in the jungle, away from human contact. though they do sometimes live in humans homes. They can be troublessome, causing people to get lost or at times kidnap children from humans. 
They will at times build good relationships with humans, at times even marrying them. Though those who go into their realm may only be their for a few days but in the human realm decades have passed. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orang_bunian 

Hantu Air (Malaysia)
Spirits which live in large rivers or lakes which most often appear as a floating log. They tend to be dangerous as they could drown people and cause floods. To avoid this people give them offerings and honor them at a ceremony. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hantu_Air

Hantu Bidai (Malaysian)
A spirit which lives in water and will change its form in order to drown its victems. 

Hantu Bukit (Malaysia)
Spirits which roam the ills and tease the faint of heart. 

Hauntu Bungkus (Malaysia)
Ghosts of the dead which are still wrapped in the burial shroud. They come up to feed on the blood of babies. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocong 

Hantu Galah (Malasyia)
A very tall spirit, so tall that at times it can seep the clouds. They live deep in the forest where only its legs are visable. They only come out at night at which point they often snatch people up. 

Hantu Keramat (Malaysia)
The spirit of a place which is usually associated with large rocks, large trees, or the crossroads. They give good luck to those who provide them with offerings such as eggs.

Hantu Kopek (Malaysia)
A large breasted old spirit which will kidnap and hide children under her breats if they are out at dusk or late evening. 

Hantu Kubur (Malaysia)
A spirit which roams the grave yards and spreads disease among the living. 

Hantu Raya (Malaysia)
The supreme spirit for the shaman. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hantu_Raya

Harimau Jadian (Malaysia)
People who are able to turn into tigers thorugh the assistance of spirits. Often this is is done for self defense. 

Jembalang Tanah (Malaysia)
Forest spirits, they are said to grow directly from the forest itself. They terroize those who damage their forest. Though they can be pacified if provided with food or through chanting a mantra. For this reason people would always make offerings and have ceremonies before cutting down more of the jungle.

Jerangkung (Malaysia)
A spirit which obeys I;s master if it is properly cared for but which begins to suck the blood of family members if it isn't cared for. 

Jin Tanah (Malaysia)
Spirits of the land who act as protectors of a region. Those entering a new land usually offered it eggs, grilled chicken, glutinous rice, and similar dishes in order to avoid having it attack them. 

Langsuir (Malaysia)
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.

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.

Pelesit (Malaysia)
A spirit protector which can also be used as a weapon to harm others.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelesit 

Penanggalan (Malaysia)
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. 

Phi (Thai)
A general term for ghost.

Polong (Malaysia)
Spirits which are enslaved by people, most often to harm others.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polong

Puaka (Malaysia)
Spirits which roam around in bad weather and cause damage to human property.

Puntianak (Malaysia)
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.

Toyol (Malaysia)
A spirit invoked from a dead human fetus, often used by its master to steal or cause mischief.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyol 

Kuntilanak (Indonesia)
Is the ghost of a pregnat woman who died while giving birth. She appears as a beautiful woman with long flowing hair, wearing a long white shirt. They travel into villages to drain people of their blood. They can be kept away from children by putting sharp pieces of metal near where the baby sleeps. Further they can be killed by putting nails in a hole in the back of their neck.

Kuyang (Indonesia)
People who would detatch their heads form their bodies and send them flying out to drain the blood of babies.

Leyak (Indonesia)
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. 

Orang Bunian (Indonesia)
Human like spirits which live in wilderness areas.

Pocong (Indonesia)
A ghost with green faces and empty eyes. 

Siluman (Indonesia)
Delecate creatures that live in communities much like humans, only they are invisible to most humans. 

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.

Tuyul (Indonesia)
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. 

Wewe (Indonesia)
A boogie man figure which kidnaps children. They appear as an old woman with large wringled breasts which dangle down to the ground. 

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. 

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 

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 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

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. 

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.

Kagkai (Thai)
A blood sucking, one legged forest spirits which look like a monkey with a mouth like a fly. 

Phi Am (Thai)
A ghost which sits on sleeping peoples chest or liver.

Phi Chamb (Thai)
The mostly harmless spirit of a woman who died in the jungle.

Phi Duat Leut (Thai)
A vampiric spirit

Phi Ha (Thai)
A dangerous spirit of a woman who died in child birth and has turned her regret into rage.

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 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 Nang Tani (Thai)
A spirit of the banana tree which appears as a beautiful woman. They will provide people with food.

Phi Pa (Thai)
A forest spirit to whom hunters leave part of their catch (Lip, eye lid, foot, or some other part). 

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 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.

Phi Ban (Laos)
Spirits of a village

Phi Fa (Laos)
Spirits of the celestial world

Phi Hai (Laos)
Spirits of fields

Phi Na (Laos)
Protectors of the rice paddy.

Phi Pa (Laos)
Forest spirits.

Phi Puta (Laos)
The protectors of a village

Phi Thaen (Laos)
spirits of the sky

Phi Thiaowada (Laos)
Protectors of the family.

Phi Tonmai (Laos)
The spirits of trees.

Phi Pay (Laos)
Dangerous spirits of woman who died in childbirth.

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 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.













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