Ancestor spirits of the Pueblo Indians in North America. The Hopi
also believed in kachinas, believing them to be the souls of virtuous dead
Is a Scottish water faerie. Although sometimes appearing in
the guise of a hairy man, this is more often seen in the form of a young horse.
The Kelpie haunts rivers and streams and, after letting unsuspecting humans
mount him, will dash into the water and give them a dunking. Each Uisge
(ech-ooshkya) or Aughisky (agh-iski) as he is known in Ireland, inhabits seas
and lochs and is far more dangerous.
Particularly ugly Brownie who haunts mills. He is
characterized by an enormous nose and no mouth. To eat he presumably stuffs the
food up his nose. Although a Killmoulis works hard for the miller, he delights
in practical jokes and can therefore be a hindrance rather than a help.
They inhabit the figureheads of ships, giving them
guidance and protection.
The Forfarshire name for a fairy.
These are the German version of Knockers. They are known for
causing problems for the miners and undoing their progress. To keep the miners
guessing, they occasionally help them.
Bizarre looking and capricious but generally good natured guardians
of Brittany’s standing stones.
King of the Yakshas, the god of wealth. Usually depicted as a
dwarfish figure with a paunch, bearing a money bag or pomegranate and seated on
A water spirit of the Eskimos in the Arctic, Kul may be malevolent but
generally helps the Northern peoples with their fishing. As a show of gratitude,
it is customary to offer him some of the fish caught at the beginning of the