Region of origin: Japan
A tsukumogami of an animated mino straw raincoat. It is often depicted in the outdoors holding agricultural tools, perhaps in its new life it retained aspects of the peasant or farmer who had originally owned it and carries on with their work.
Originally posted on Tumblr on April 28, 2017
Region of origin: Isle of Man
A helpful little forest spirit from the Isle of Man, Phynnodderee is a diminuative satyr-like figure said to help maintain farmlands or assists with building projects with supernatural levels of strength and speed. He is known to be friendly but temperamental, with a tendency to react strongly to perceived slights. Some tales suggest he was originally one of the faerie folk and the small, furry form is a curse he received for falling in love with a human woman.
Originally posted on Tumblr on April 17, 2016
Region of origin: Mesoamerica
A tiny gnome- or goblin-like people in Mayan folklore, described as child-like but with an elderly face and wearing traditional clothing. The Aluxo’ob will live in forests or caves but are also known to “move in” to the area around farms or homes and act as protectors to the land and the families that live there, living in tiny houses or shrines the residents construct for them. An alux can be kind or beneficial but if treated poorly or a person rebukes a request from them, they can turn mischievous or even violent. They are considered analogous to the duende and chaneque from neighboring cultures.
Originally posted on Tumblr on March 11, 2016
Region of origin: Eastern Europe and Russia
Known as “Lady Midday,” this demon will take the form of a young woman (or on occasion a small child or aged crone) in a white dress and appear to laborers working in fields on hot days. She will begin asking them questions and if they answer incorrectly, or the conversation generally falls outside of her favor, she will decapitate them with her scythe. She is also said to cause heatstroke or madness.
Originally posted on Tumblr on January 31, 2016
Region of origin: Sweden
Originally a dwarven agricultural spirit who would deliver gifts for good behavior and mete out punishments for bad to the people of the farmstead it protected, the tomte (or nisse) has since been conflated with Santa Claus-like figures and has been adapted as part of local Christmastime traditions. Often seen as a counterpart or compatriot to the Yule Goat.
Originally posted on Tumblr on December 13, 2015
Region of origin: Scotland
The faun-like glaistig is said to be a protective spirit of shepherds and their livestock, but also been attributed with using their beauty and songs to lure travelers away from their paths and drink their blood.
Originally posted on Tumblr on November 16, 2015
Region of origin: Russia
Dwarven field spirits with beards and hair made of grass or hay, the Polevik are generally unkind towards farmers and field workers they catch, with punishments ranging from inflicting disease to straight-up murder, but they can be bribed into leaving you alone with the very specific payment of a rooster, a toad, a crow and two eggs left in a nearby ditch.
Originally posted on Tumblr on September 8, 2015