Region of origin: Latvia
A goblin or faerie that takes the form of a dragon with a flaming tail, a pūķis was a familiar kept by sorcerers who used the creature to help them hoard wealth. The pūķis would steal into neighbor’s houses and gorge upon their food and wealth, its red skin turning blue as it filled up before returning it to its owner. Temperamental, if the pūķis felt it was not being properly compensated for its work in the form of food and respectful treatment it would turn on its master and burn their house down. It bears some relation to neighboring Lithuania’s aitvaras.
Originally posted on Tumblr on June 12, 2016