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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
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 legendary guardian of an underground vault where it protects hidden tresures. He emerges from the darkness in order to scare theives.
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.
The spirit of the elder tree which acts as a banshee like figure.
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.
The slavic spirit of the west wind which is associated with love and gentleness.
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.
Spirit of the barn yard.
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.
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
Wife of the Domovoi.
The guardian of roadways to whom white chickens were sacrificed. He was at times said to reside in stones alongside the road.
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)
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.
The forest king, he controls animals and throws wild parties which uproot trees.
The spirit of misfortune
A form of vampire which is born from the union of to strigoi (another from of vampire).
The spirit of the frost and cold.
A mysterious benevolent character who is the symbol of wisdom and prosperity.
Muma Pădurii (Romania)
A witch of the forest. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muma_P%C4%83durii
Wicked hag of the forest which smells of moss.
Dangerous spirit of the grain house
Dangerous spirit of midday which kills and torments farm workers.
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.
The souls of woman who died during or soon after their wedding. They attack people who remain in the field during noon time. (Thus most farmers) went home durng the noon hour) 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.
The spirits of the wind and whirlwinds they drove storm clouds. Often positive they also helped lift peoples spirits according to one folk song.
A werewolf or vampire, they are undead souls who can turn into wolves.
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.
A mischevious spirit which causes the winds. He was at times imagined as a human figure with bat wings.
Spirits of the rivers and lakes which will tickle people to death.
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
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.
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
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.
Creatures similar to sprites)
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.
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
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.
Vampire which comes from the soul of a person with two souls which can take the form of an owl.
Fairy which weaves fate
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.
Tugarin Zmeyevich (Russia)
Dragon knight from the steppes
Fates which appear three nights after a childs birth to determine the direction their life will take.
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.
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.
The fairy king of water ways.
Fairies which control human fate
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.
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.
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.
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.