Region of origin: Brittany, France

A lesser demon recorded in Collin de Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernal, Yan-gant-y-tan, or John With The Fire, carries five candles on the fingers of one hand, wheeling them about as he walks through the countryside. It’s said encountering Yan-gant-y-tan is an ill omen but he can be warded off with a bribe of some gold left outside a home for him to find before he approaches. In another version, a lost traveler who comes across a will o’ the wisp is actually seeing Yan-gant-y-tan’s flames, appearing to provide them with a light to help guide them to safety, and his reputation for causing misfortune is only directed at people who have offended him.

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