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Basilisk (aka Cockatrice) - A huge golden serpent with the feet, head, and wings of a rooster. The Greeks consider the basilisk to be the most deadly creature alive and it is reputed to hate humans. Also known in Eastern Europe, Western Russia, and the Baltics, it is said to be able to kill humans and animals merely by looking at, breathing on, or touching them. Killing a basilisk can be fatal, as well, because of the poisonous gasses it releases from within its body.

The only animals capable of destroying it are the crow, the roster (with its crow), the weasel, and the mongoose. Though it can safely be killed by a human being by being shown its own reflection in a mirror, or by one seeing it before it sees them. According to Pliny’s Historia Natualis and Greek mythology, the basilisk is born from eggs laid by an enchanted rooster and hatched either by a snake or a toad. Because they have a nine year incubation period, killing one has an instant impact on their population.

They can be found in Faeryland, but offer no assistance in magick or ritual. Besides, contact is really not advised. In fact, should you encounter one while visiting the wee folk, it is recommended that you run!

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Brown Men (aka Moor Men) – Originating from Cornwall and Scotland they are most easily found on Bodmin Moor. They are short, thin male faeries with a small patch of coppery red hair on their heads and long plump arms. Their name comes from the brown and withered foliage of the moors that they dress in.

Not much is known about them because, though not reputed to dislike humans, they tend to avoid contact with us. The may help in spells and rituals used to protect or heal animals, when calling to them be sure to let them know you are their friend and that you, too, care about animals. Do, however, approach them cautiously, because little is known about their temperament, but chances are they’re not unfriendly – just really shy.

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Bucca – A sprite to most, a goblin to the Welsh, loners all, they are known by many names and can be good or evil natured. The Cornish of England refer to them as Bucca, Bucca Boo, Bucca Dhu, and Bucca Gwidden or Bucca Guidder. In Cornwall they are said to be invisible, and to affect fisherman and farmers. To win their favor, farmers will ply them with offerings of bread and beer to help ensure good weather during harvest time. Fishermen, especially those of Newlyn’s harbor, hold the Bucca responsible for stormy winds and consider them able to predict how many ships will be wrecked along their dangerous coastline. So, to help ensure bountiful catches and good weather, the fishermen leave offerings of fish for them on the shore.

The Bucca Dhu is the name given to those Bucca who are known to be malevolent, especially toward misbehaving children. Bucca Dhu means Black or Evil Bucca. The Bucca Gwidden or Bucca Guidder, on the other hand, are White or Good Bucca who are completely benevolent and sometimes helpful to humankind.

In Wales the Buccas are known as Bwca (Bu-ka) and Bwciod (Bu-key’d). The Bwca is a kind spirit who will perform household chores for a family while they sleep, in exchange for a dish of sweetened milk or flummery (a soft jelly or dessert porridge made of flour or meal with fruit and nuts) served with wheat bread. Though they are mostly loyal and friendly, they can also be vindictive and malicious if offended. There was a Bwca who lived at Trwyn Farm known as Bwca’r Trwyn who had befriended a serving maid said to have Twylwth Teg blood. Well, one night, just to be mischievous, instead of leaving Bwca’r his usual flummery, she left him a bowl of stale urine used to make dye adhere to wool. The next morning when she woke the Bwca jumped on her, grabbed her by the throat, and dragged her kicking and screaming all around the house. Because hey couldn’t see Bwca’r the household couldn’t comprehend what was happening. He didn’t let her go until the men came running to help her and then he disappeared, never to be seen again.

The Bwcoid, unlike the Bwca, is just a nuisance from the word go, and he also has a tendency to do harm when he’s unhappy. He won’t leave of his own accord either - he must be exorcised out of the infested home. He is a goblin who loves fire and the warmth of people’s houses, and has even been seen by some. He is described as being one foot tall and slender with purple, emotionless eyes, a long pointy nose, long fingers, and enormous flat feet.

Those Buccas known as Bug, Bug-a-boo, Bugabo, Buggy Bow, Bogle Bo, and Bug Boy are all considered to be nothing but nursery bogies used to threaten mischievous children into behaving properly.

The English Bugbear (aka Bugbeare) is a demonic spirit fond of appearing to humans as either a bear or a large beast. He eventually became known as a nursery bogie that likes to eat naughty children.

And, finally, the Buccas have also been found in tin and gold mines where they are known as Knockers. To the miners of Cornwall, England Knockers are benevolent sprites who, when seen, were dressed just like the human miners. Though they were believed to be keeping the ore they extracted for themselves, they were happy to tap on the walls to lead the humans to the heavy lodes. They would also make a huge ruckus whenever danger was imminent. As a sign of respect to the Knockers, the miners wouldn’t swear, whistle, or make the sign of the cross while in the mines. Should a miner commit one of these offenses the Knockers were known to respond with showers of stones or worse on the work face of the erring miner.

Should you choose to ask a Bucca’s assistance, use caution and be sure to never offend any who should agree!

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Dinnshenchas (Din-sheen-k’has) – These Irish dwarf faeries are servants of the Goddess Aine who are known to shape shift into any from so they can avenge women who are harmed by men and to protect cattle, as well.

To invoke their energy for use in spells for the protection of women or cattle, call on Aine and draw her power into you. During the ritual ask her to allow the Dinnshenchas to protect you, if you feel you are in need.

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Djin (aka Dgen, Djinn, Dshcin, Genie, Ginn, Jann, Jinn (air elemental), Jinni, Jinnee, and Jnun) – According to Eliphas Levi, the Djin is the ruling emperor of the Salamanders elementals.

Jnun - The Moroccan demon that usually manifests as a toad. It is not normally a destructive djinn, but most people treat it with respect and will not harm it if it comes in their house. Instead, they will politely ask it to leave.

Jann - This name applies to the weaker, lower order of the Djinn, in the pre-Islamic tradition.

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Drakes – In the Fens of England they have manifested as snakes and as fiery dragons flying over marshes, where they are said to be hording treasure. They are also know as Ignus Fatuus and Will o’ the Wisp.

Drakes are known to be friendly and helpful house spirits who will bless your hearth as well as multiply your stores of firewood while keeping them dry, just for allowing them to stay in your home.

Though they smell badly (like rotten eggs in a chicken coop), not one has ever been known to be malevolent toward humans. If they are made to feel unwelcome or mistreated, they simply leave.

To contact a drake, light a fire in your fireplace (either mundane or astral) between nightfall and dawn and simply invite them, they will probably come. They will stay for as long as you provide them with food, warmth, and respect. Their uses in magick and ritual are virtually unlimited, for they can provide energy to any spell performed in your fireplace.

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Geancanach (Gan-cahn-ock)* – Okay, of the five books I've used for research, four of them listed this Irish being, however only two of them spell his name this way. One of the sources that use this spelling is Edain McCoy’s A Witch’s Guide to Faery Folk, and, since Edain’s description of these beings differs from the other three sources, I’ve decided to present her version first. So, without further ado, Geancanach according to Edain McCoy:

The Geancanach are known in Ireland and the Hebrides Islands of Scotland and have no other known names. They are a race of pixie-like sprites with large pointed ears and huge eyes that curve upward on the outside corners. They are always shown as being no more than a few inches in height and wearing playful, somewhat mischievous, smiles. They have small wings that don’t appear to be functional, and they seem to simply disappear from one spot and reappear in another – as if they were lights flickering on and off or lightening bugs.

The Geancanach are most active at night and are the guardians of home hearths. Like Drakes they love the warmth of being fireside and are pretty much harmless to have around, unless you have an aversion to pranks.

These cute little pointy-eared pranksters prefer the type of hearth that was in the center of old Irish cottages, with all other rooms being named for their location in relationship to the fireplace. To contact these beings offer a simple evocation beside your mundane or astral fireplace, with a bowl of milk. Once they’ve arrived they will guard your flue opening and your house, and all things in the fire. A warm fire and fresh milk will keep them with you for as long as you desire. You’ll have to catch them in a serious mood to have them assist you in any fire-related spell work, though.

*Found in The Oxford Dictionary of Celtic Mythology by James MacKillop: “Geancanach, gean-cannah. Irish forms of ganconer.”

Now, for the other version:

The reason I’ve included them both here, together, is because the spellings of the names are very similar, and you’ll want to be careful to use the correct pronunciation if you decide to invite Edain McCoy’s helpful little hearth guardians into your home.

Gan Ceanach (aka Gancanagh, Gean-Cannah, and Ganconer) - is an entirely different sort of creature than Edain’s sprites. According to two of the other three sources, this is a race of male elves or faeries whose name means Love Talker (a being that Edain lists as an entirely different species belonging to the element of air). He manifests in isolated narrow valleys as a debonair little chap smoking a dudeen (a short clay pipe), and casts no shadow. To encounter one is very unlucky, even for a man whom they are said to make squander their fortunes buying trinkets for all of the ladies. What they do to women is best described in the poem by Ethna Carbery titled, what else, The Love Talker.

There is one other tale of the Ganconers in a book by W.B. Yeats called Irish Fairy and Folk Tales (pgs 206-11). In that story he quotes from the Dublin and London Magazine that they appear in a troop playing Hurling (a cricket like faery sport) just like ordinary Daoine-Sidhe (theena-shee), and carry the cow of a poor widow to an underwater faeryland at the bottom of Lough Leagh…

…I’ll let you know the whole tale once I’ve read it. In the meantime, should you decide you’d like to play with Northern Ireland hearth sprites, speak clearly and have a very defined image in your mind when you call to these particular beings, or you may end up in pretty dire straits!

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Ghillie Dhu (Gillee Doo or Yoo) – The Ghillie Dhu are the best known of the Scottish sprites who inhabited Gairloch and Loch a Druing. Their name, which means Black Gillie, was given to them because of their hair color. Their favorite hang out is the birch woods and thickets at the southern end of Loch a Druing where they are well camouflaged by their attire of tree leaves and green moss.

Now, I’m not really sure what transpired between the Ghillie Dhu and humans in between 1977 and 1994, but something unfortunate seems to have occurred, because once again, Edain McCoy’s story doesn’t jive with that of my other sources…

Up until 1977 the Gille Dubh are considered to be benevolent faeries, especially toward little girls, as seen in this bit of lore…

At the end of the 18th century little Jessie Macrae got lost in the woods on night. While there the Ghillie Dhu looked after her all through the night, showing her great kindness, and then made sure she got home safely in the morning. Then, for some reason, many years later, Sir Hector Mackenzie of Gairloch took four of his land-owning relatives on a hunt to kill the Ghillie. Before going into the woods the five men partied and rested on couches made of heather in John Mackenzie’s barn by Loch a Druing. By the time they left the barn Jessie had grown up and married John Mackenzie and, though they hunted all night, the hunters could find no trace of Gille Dubh (the new Mrs. Mackenzie was very glad to hear that).

Perhaps it’s because of men such as these that the Ghillie no longer like us, because, according to Edain McCoy, they are guardian tree spirits who despise humans. They are mostly active at night and people walking through enchanted woods and forests had better be on the look out. If the long green arms of a Ghillie Dhu grab a human that person could end up being their slave for all eternity. Contact is not advised!

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The Grant – An English benevolent demon. Though they’re rather scary looking, appearing as oddly shaped young horses with glowing eyes, and walking erect on their hind legs, they are said to be very friendly and helpful to humans as a warning of encroaching danger. Each Grant tends to adopt a particular English village and protect it and its inhabitants from harm. If trouble is coming, the Grant usually runs through the village, during the middle of the afternoon or at sunset, to make all of the local dogs bark and horses whinny out a warning. If you live in England, check to see if your village has a Grant. If not, try to locate a village that does and ask him if he could send one of his friends your way. Aside from the obvious benefits of having a Grant around, they may also be helpful to spells for defending your homeland.

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Gwyll – An invisible Welsh spirit who gets his jollies by riding human’s horses in the stables, at night. In fact, these sprites ride the horses so frantically that the animals are found in a lather in the stable the next morning.

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Gwyllions – Mischievous female mountain faeries of Wales who protect and care for wild goats. They regard humans as being arrogant and, though they usually just choose to avoid us, they have been known to lay in wait along a treacherous mountain road to deceive travelers and make them lose their way.

It’s rumored that the Gwyllion used to be able to fly, but when, how and why they stopped isn’t known. Now they’re happy occasionally shape shifting into and looking after goats, though it’s the Tylwyth Teg who comb the goat’s beards on Fridays. They are nocturnal beings and it’s said that sunlight actually kills them.

Gwyllions are very afraid of storms and iron knives. Welsh folklore tells of them seeking shelter in the homes of mountain dwellers during inclement weather. If you live in the mountains and this should happen to you, you then have two options: 1. You can corner her with an iron knife, forcing her to grant you one wish and, of course, making the entire race your eternal enemies, or 2. You can allow her to stay there in peace, comfort, and safety until the storm passes and, then, she’ll probably guard the pathways to your home for you. You choose!

These rarely seen hideous gals live in the mountains of Wales as well as those of Faeryland, but they will usually run away from anyone who tries to find or approach them. Who knows, maybe if enough of us humans are kind to them that will change some day?

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Limniades (leem-ne-od-ayes) – Small Greek blobs of pure light who avoid humans. Our word “illuminate” is derived from their name. Though they are still seen out in the Greek countryside, no one knows for sure what they are. Once thought to be discarnate humans condemned to roam the earth by night, to pay for some misdeed, they are now thought of as cousins to the English Will o’ the Wisp and may have once been worshipped as sun gods.

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The Oakmen – Squat wizened male German and Scandinavian Dwarfs with red noses whose wear red toadstools for caps on their huge heads. They are considered to be the guardians of sacred oak groves and all that lives in them. The faery woods they choose to inhabit are those in which the trees have been thrice cut and have new shoots growing thickly out of the ground. These copses are said to be chock full of wildlife and profusely abloom with bluebells in the spring.

These fellas are very protective of their domains and any human disrespecting them will be severely punished. These places are especially dangerous after sunset and any intruders caught there could end up falling for the old fungi disguised as a delicious feast prank, it only works once, it only has to.

If you’d like to make contact with these guys the best place to look is in an oak grove, especially in Germany’s Black Forest. Do approach them with caution and with respect for their land and be sure to let them know you’re their friend. Though an Oak Man has reportedly hurt no one, they aren’t known for being friendly towards humans either.

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Phi – This name applies to the spirits of two different cultures, yet they have similar characteristics.

1. In Thailand they’re known as the Phi-Suk and dress in the ancient native style of Southeast Asia. They are regarded as being dispensers of justice and teachers of those lessons that help humans get out of the cycle of reincarnation. As nature spirits they promote abundant harvests, and provide good weather, fishing, and fertility. To offend them is disastrous.

The Phi-Suk were considered to be pagan Gods before Buddhism came to Thailand, now they are thought to reside in heaven with Buddha and can only be contacted while you’re between incarnations. See Phra Phum.

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Phra Phum - a member of the Thai Phi. As a spirit of the earth he is considered to be of some importance and if not appeased will bring disaster and misfortune to his offenders. To stay on Phra Phum’s good side most households build him a small house (called a sam) of his very own and place it next to their front door, inside the home. Offerings are placed in his home every day to help ensure the family’s continued prosperity.

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2. In Burmese mythology the Phi are a group of demon gnats that live in the jungles and inflict humans with fever, especially malaria, when they’ve been offended. In order to be rid of the fever one has to return to the last tree they used for shelter, and as a leaning post or back rest, and apologize to its spirit for the offense.

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The Red Cap – This Scottish goblin is reportedly the only one of his kind, though he is known by several other names: Bloody Cap in England, Kaboutermannekin in Holland, and Fir Larrig in Northern Ireland. In all of these places, and by all of these names, with the exception of the little Dutch fellow, he has a nasty reputation as being very unkind to humans.

Basically, Red Cap (a.k.a Bloody Cap and Fir Larrig) is described as being an evil, very short old man with long protruding teeth, skinny fingers armed with hideous talons, large fiery red eyes, and long grisly hair streaming down over his shoulders. He gets two of his names from the red blood-soaked cap he wears on his head, carries a scythe in his left hand to kill trespassers, and is shod in iron boots.

Solitary and hateful by nature, he likes to live in the ruins of peel towers, cairns and castles where evil deeds have been done. Should a traveler who is lost be foolish enough to seek shelter in one of these places he can protect himself by reciting scripture or by wielding a cross, either will cause Bloody Cap to shriek and disappear, leaving behind one of his fangs.

Some sources say that he is cannibalistic and will eat both faeries and humans.

Not that you need to be told, but contact with Red Cap is most definitely NOT ADVISED! If you should encounter him in your travels to Faeryland turn the other way and RUN! Or memorize some of the Holy Bible and/or carry a cross with you for your next journey there – just in case.

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Dunters - First cousins of Fir Larrig, who live in the dungeons and defense towers of old castles. While these spirits are very noisy, and their crying will usually keep an entire castle’s residents awake all night, they don’t try to hurt humans and often seem to not even notice them. It is also said that when the cry of the Dunters is loud and prolonged it’s an omen of death or misfortune.

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Salamanders – The elemental being of this classification of Wee Folk, they originated in the Middle East and are very powerful creatures who are totally aware of their value to practitioners of magick.

Salamanders are the most powerful of the elementals and the only ones undoubtedly proven to exist in the mundane world, however, in their physical existence they are merely lizard-like amphibians indigenous to both Iberia and Asia. It was bout 3000 years ago when Jewish and Egyptian mystics of the Middle East declared the Salamander’s astral self to be the archetypal elemental being of the South and, as such, representative of fire. This decision may have been based on their ability to live in the heat of the desert, and their chameleon-like adaptability that gives them the ephemeral appearance like that of a flame. It was from there that they became a part of ceremonial magick.

The Salamander, as an elemental, incorporates aspects of both its physical and astral beings in that it is a creature who is able to live in fire because its icy body continuously extinguishes the flames.

There are many types of Salamanders, differing in size and appearance, as well as in levels of dignity. Greek philosopher Paracelsus says, “Salamanders have been seen in the shapes of fiery balls, or tongues of fire, running over the fields or peering in houses.”

In medieval times these nature spirits were most often described as being shaped like a lizard, at least a foot long, and glowing s if twisting and crawling through fire. They have also been seen in the form of huge flaming giants wearing protective sheets of fiery armor.

One of the most important groups of Salamanders is the Acthnici, who only appear as indistinct globes. They float over water at night and sometimes appear as forks of flame on the masts and riggings of ships (St. Elmo’s Fire). The ruler of these fiery spirits is the Djin who is terrible and awe-inspiring in appearance. They have a particular affinity with all beings that have a fiery or tempestuous temperament and, in both animals and men; they rule our emotional nature through body heat, the liver, and the blood stream. Without their help there would be no warmth.

Because of their connection to ceremonial magick, Salamanders can lend their energies to any ritual or spell, especially those that incorporate fire. And, since they automatically show up when you invoke the four quarters of a circle, developing a friendly relationship with them, through positive workings, can be a big benefit to any magickal working.

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Saleerandees – These guys hail from Wales and are that region’s equivalent of the Salamander of ceremonial magick and Middle Eastern traditions. They are scaly and resemble bi-pedaled lizards. Because they are naked and always cold, they seek out the warmth of human fires. And, though they don’t harm humans, their sudden appearance can be frightening. Unlike their Salamander relatives they aren’t capable of starting fires on their own. They also differ in that they don’t seek out human contact and require some persuading before they’ll lend their energies to your magickal workings. Try asking for their help with a candle or at your hearth just before performing a ritual or spell, and see if you can feel their presence.

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Will o’ the Wisp – These little folk are quite possibly the tiniest and most widely spread of all the Fire Faeries, having been seen in and named by many regions throughout the world. There most common reputation is that of mischievous sprites who delight in leading travelers astray. Other traditions state that they are an omen of death to either the one who sees them or his loved ones. On the other hand, some consider them to be enchanting guardian spirits of treasure who tease foolish humans with eternal riches that they can never attain, and others consider their presence to be protective. Many pagan traditions believe them to be the lights of faery parties, or even an open burgh. They have also been said to be a troop of faeries on one of their Rades, or the lights leading a spectral funeral procession. And, finally, there are folks who think that they are the souls of humans trapped in purgatory or the spirits of un-baptized children.

The best places to find them are in grassy meadows and parks on summer nights, and hanging around marshes or haunting lonely roads and byways. Their magickal uses are unknown because no one has ever figured out how to contact them.

The other names for these pixy-like beings, by region, are:

England – Billy wi’ t’ Wisp (West Yorkshire); Dick o’ Tuesday (Eastern Counties); Gyl-burnt-tayl (Warwicks); Hinky-Punk (West Country); Hob-Lantern (East Midlands); Hobbledy’s Lantern (Warwicks, Wales, Glos); Hobby-Lantern (Worcs, Herts, East Anglia, Hants, Wilts, West Wales); Hunky-Punk (Cornwall); Jack-a-lantern, Jacky-Lantern (Lancs); Jenny-burnt-tail (North Hampshire, Oxom, Cornwall); Jenny-wi-t-lantern (Northumberland, North Yorks); Joan-in-the-wod, Joan-in-the-wad (Somerset, Cornwall); Kit-in-the-candlestick (Hants); Kit-with-the-candlestick, Kitty-candlestick (Wilts); Kitty-wi-t-wisp (Northumberland); The Lantern Man (East Anglia); Will o’ the Wykes (Lancs); Peg-a-lantern (Lancs); Pinket (Worcs); Poake (Worcs); Will the Smith (Salop); Jack o’ Wisp, Friar’s Lantern (West Country).

Ireland – Teine Sionnic (Fox Fire); Teine Sidhe (Faery Fire); Liam na Lassige (William with the Little Flame), same story as the Will the Smith.

Wales – Tan Ellyll, Ellylldan

Germany – Blud, Dickepoten (human condemned to wander, e.g., Will the Smith), Irrlicht, Huckpoten

France – Feu Follet, Fifollet, Sand Yan y Tad, Les Eclaireux

Finland – Liekko, Liekkio

Penobscot Native American – Escudait

Cheremis/Mari – Kazna Peri, la Saltak, Buber, Uber

Tupi Guarani (Amazon Basin) – Baetata

Chile - Alicanto

British Isles – Friar Rush (earth elemental), Jack the White Hat, Old White Hat, Spunkies (air elementals), Puck, Robin Goodfellow

West Malyasia – Orang Bunyi

Shetland and Orkney Islands – Teine Sith (Fire Faery)

Sweden – Irrbloss

Italy – Candelas

Russia – Rusalky (stealers of un-baptized infants)

Other Names – Faery Lights, St. Elmo’s Fire, Corpse Light, Bob-a-longs, Night Whispers, Will o’ the Whisps, Willowisps, Will o’ Light, Will Wisp, Sylham Lamp, Elf Fire, Fire Drake, Ignus Fatuus

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Hobbledy’s Lantern (aka Hob-Lantern, Hobbedy’s Lantern, Hobby-Lantern) – The Will o’ the Wisp of the English Midlands responsible for misleading travelers.

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Ignus Fatuus - A name for the Will o’ the Wisp that literally means “foolish fire.” In some regions he is considered to be a mischievous boggart, in others the ghost of a restless soul.

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Hunky-Punk (aka Hinky-Punk) – The Will o’ the Wisp who resides on the Somerset-Devon borders in the West Country of England. He is described as having one leg and carrying a lantern to lead travelers into bogs.

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Will the Smith - There are tow versions of this Shropshire, England fella’s tale. Both versions say he was the soul of a human condemned to eternally roam the earth. However, in one version he was given a second chance by Saint Peter that he spent in such wickedness that he was refused entry into heaven and hell. In that tale the Devil gives him a glowing coal with which to keep himself warm and to lead other mortals to their death. In the second version, the smith tricks the Devil into a steel purse and imprisons him there, so the Devil refuses to allow him into hell, but in this version he does manage to trick his way into heaven. The Will o’ the Wykes bogles of Lincolnshire meadowlands are also said to be intent upon nothing but evil.

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Gyl-burnt-tayl (aka Jenny-burnt-tail, Jenny-wi-t-Lantern) – Gyl (or Jill), Jenny, and Joan were names used over a hundred years ago to refer to the flirtatious tendencies of young women. In this case it is used as the name for the spirit whose flirting and alluring light lead her followers into trouble.

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Pinket - The Worcestershire name for Ignus Fatuus that inhabits Badsey parish.

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Poake - A Worcestershire sprite that delights in leading unsuspecting night-travelers into bogs and pools, and leaving them there to struggle as he laughingly vanishes.

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Ellylldan (aka Jacky Lantern, Spunkie) – The Welsh bane of night travelers whose sole purpose is to mislead them into fens and bogs.

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Liekko (aka Liekkio) – The Finnish nature spirit whose name meant “The Flaming One.” These benevolent Will o’ the Wisps are said to be the transformed soul of a child buried in the forest who uses a flame to search at night, and the guardian of wilderness plants and animals.

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Kazna Peri - this demon of the Cheremis/Mari people of the former USSR has a name that means Treasure Devil. He is said to be the guardian of a treasure that he lifts from the ground and cooks from Whitsuntide, the Feast of the Pentecost (7 weeks after Easter), until June 24th, Midsummer’s Day. If a person sees the treasure being cooked he has a chance of finding it and taking it before the fire goes out.

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Buber (aka Uber) – A shape shifting spirit of the Cheremis/Mari sometimes seen as a Will o’ the Wisp traveling over the ground with a trail of sparks. It has also been seen in the form of an old man with a long gray beard, or an old woman with long gray hair, both of whom float above the ground. A Buber is reputed to peck at trees until it has sapped them into hollow stumps and to draw the life out of living beings. It is a demon that possesses humans and makes them perform evil deeds in their sleep. The one who is possessed thinks he is having nightmares, and if they can remember exactly what happened and tell someone else, the Buber will leave their body. Bubers can also possess a fetus by disguising itself in the food eaten by the pregnant mother.

These evil spirits are also said to putrefy food drink, causing diseases, especially those that cause sores on the skin. Bubers will also suck the milk out of cows at night; one can tell this is happening because the milk will contain blood or dirt. If a Buber kisses a human while he is sleeping it will drain the human’s blood until he is dead. They have also been known to eat the irises out of humans and cows turning the eyes completely white, however this can be cured by the pulped bark of the mountain ash tree. These hungry beasts also take bites out of the moon, large enough to cause an eclipse!

Charms that can be used for protection from these spirits include a horseshoe hung over your threshold (ends up, of course), removing the waistband of your shirts, or by splitting a wooden pitchfork if you can sense that one near. If you’re a moron with suicidal tendencies you can try calling a Buber to you and beating it to ashes, to watch it revive soon afterwards and begin performing evil deeds again.

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Baetata - This spirit of the Tupi Guarani people who live in the Amazon Basin is a mischievous Will o’ the Wisp who entices humans to follow it, getting them hopelessly lost or stranding them in difficult terrain.

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Alicanto - This is a Chilean spirit of mining communities who inhabits the forests and mountains. It flies at night in the shape of a bird with wings that emit a golden or silvery light. It is a being who likes to eat gold and silver, and when it finds a vein, it will gorge itself until it’s too full to fly. However, if you try to follow this wily creature to find those precious metals he will only lure you to your death, usually by leading you off the edge of a cliff.

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Jack the White Hate (aka Old White Hat) – A spirit of Devon, England who is named for the big white hat with a glowing lantern the he wears. He was said to signal the ferries traveling from Braunton Burrows to Appledore.

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Joan the Wad (aka Joan-in-the-Wad, Joan the Wod) – This Cornish Will o’ the Wisp has been known to guide travelers to safety, if approached correctly. Their images are often sold to those traveling through Cornwall as good luck charms to prevent folks from getting lost.

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Orang Bunyi (aka Orang Bunyian) – The Wee Folk who live in the forests of West Malaysia, their name means “Voice People.” They are usually only heard, and their voices sound just like the distressed call of a human from deep in the forest. When people try to find the source of the voice they end up lost in the jungle. After calling out to the sounds of the voice in a plaintive attempt to find the person they believe to be lost, they eventually turn into an Orang Bunyi spirit themselves.

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