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Butz (Buc) - slavic spirit who lives in dark corners, in wardrobes and on attics.

Butz (Buc) - slavic spirit who lives in dark corners, in wardrobes and on attics.

Dažbog is one of the major gods of Slavic mythology and there is evidence that he was worshipped in all Slavic countries. It is assumed that he was a solar deity and possible cultural hero. If his name is translated literally, it means “giver of fortune”, which could be related to the Sun and sunlight, as Slavs saw the Sun as the source of life and the most positive force on Earth.

slavicmythology: “ Dažbog is one of the major gods of Slavic mythology and there is evidence that he was worshipped in all Slavic countries. It is assumed that he was a solar deity and possible.

Osschaart is a figure from Flemish folklore who jumps on the backs of passers-by, mostly drunkards, hindering their movement. He can take the shape of any animal he wishes, although his original form is said to be of a bull with a man's head and chains in his hands. His presence could be detected by the sound of rattling chains.

Osschaart is a figure from Flemish folklore who jumps on the backs of passers-by, mostly drunkards, hindering their movement.

Vodyanoi (Fae)(Large) – Grumpy old water trolls with lots of magical abilities and spells over water. They can be pleased by sacrifices and gifts, but if you get on their bad side they turn all the fish in the lake against you and the waters itself will raise up as elementals to crush your house, cattle or worse. They are often served by Boggarts. (Slavic)

Vodyanoi (Slavic Fae)Grumpy old water trolls with lots of magical abilities and…

Kikimora by Ivan Bilibin | 1934.  Kikimora is a Slavic house spirit that is both beneficial and detrimental depending on the situation.  She will tend the chickens and look after housekeeping if a house is well-kept, but if vexed she will break dishes, make noises in the night, and cause a general sense of unease.

Kikimora (Russian: кики́мора, IPA: [kʲɪˈkʲimərə]) is a legendary creature, a female house spirit in Slavic mythology, fin: Kikke Mörkö. When she inhabits a house, she lives behind the stove or in the cellar. The OED links "mora" with the "mare" of

The Redcap. A faerie creature that waylays travelers and uses their blood to dye their hats. Today faeries are usually helpful sidekicks or harmless children with wings, but in their original incarnations in Irish/Scottish/English folklore, they were ruinous, hateful beings. Luckily they're allergic to all types of shit, especially iron.

The Redcap. A faerie creature that waylays travelers and uses their blood to dye…

Brucha (Irish) - Pets of the Horseman of Famine, these carnivorous porcupine horrors with iron quills love to destroy food sources like orchards, their quills are often teeming with rotting fruit, dead poultry and worse. They also use their iron quills as weapons towards their enemies and when stung by one the victims will often end up very sick.

Brucha (Irish) - Pets of the Horseman of Famine, these carnivorous porcupine…

Bannik is the bathhouse (banya) spirit in Slavic mythology. A place where women gave birth and practiced divinations, the bathhouse was strongly endowed with vital forces. The third firing (or fourth, depending on tradition) was reserved for the Bannik, and, given his inclination to invite demons and forest spirits to share his bath, no Christian images were allowed lest they offend the occupants. If disturbed by an intruder the Bannik might pour boiling water over him, or even strangle him.

Slavic Legendary Creatures

Slavic mother and daughter Fates, dual-nature spirits are common in Slavic mythology, for example the Zorya - Goddess of Dusk and Dawn

Mother Mokosh, a major Slavic Goddess of the Earth, also called Mati-Syra-Zemlya, or "Moist Mother Earth." Mokosh spins flax and wool at night and shears sheep. (Fate) She is a Goddess of fecundity and midwifery.

Hokhoku- North American  folklore: a huge bird that hunts and eats humans by crushing their skulls and eating their brains.

Hokhoku- North American folklore: a huge bird that hunts and eats humans by crushing their skulls and eating their brains.

Sobótki - Slavic summer solstice celebrations in Poland. Photos taken by Paweł Rotmański for the “Powiśle” Ensemble.

Sobótki - Slavic summer solstice celebrations in Poland. Photos taken by Paweł Rotmański for the “Powiśle” Ensemble.