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
Region of origin: New Zealand
A subterranean and nocturnal race of goblin-like creatures, the ponaturi lived under the ocean during the day, only venturing onto land at night as they could not survive in direct sunlight. In Maori mythology, they functioned as a vicious horde, kidnapping people and performing arcane rituals and spells. They also acted as an army for Tangaroa, god of the sea.
Originally posted on Tumblr on May 19, 2016
Region of origin: Anglo-Scottish border, United Kingdom
A far more malevolent cousin to the Bluecap, the Recaps are murderous goblins compelled to keep killing people and stain their hats with the victim’s blood or else they themselves will die if the hat dries out. Living in castle ruins and abandoned structures, Redcaps target travelers who happen by their domains. They are small, strong and incredibly quick, making them incredibly difficult to escape from once they set their sights on you.
Originally posted on Tumblr on April 22, 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: Germany
A woodland spirit said to be king of the elves, goblins and other fae folk of the forest, and sometimes equated with leaders of the Wild Hunt such as Herne and Woden. Stories were told of him kidnapping small children and stealing them away to the realm of the dead.
Originally posted on Tumblr on January 11, 2016
Region of origin: Southern Africa
A furry gremlin-like creature created by a shaman as an agent of revenge. They can turn invisible by drinking water and go about their mischief unobserved and unimpeded, usually harmless pranks to frighten children but occasionally turning violent or spreading disease.
Originally posted on Tumblr on December 24, 2015
Region of origin: Greece and southeastern Europe
The kallikantzaroi were a horde of small chthonic goblins who spent most of the year attempting to chop down the World Tree that held up the Earth, until the twelve days of Christmas when it was the coldest and darkest above and they were free to venture to the surface and cause mischief. After they’re forced back down below on the Epiphany, they would find the tree had healed in the time they were gone and must begin their work anew.
Originally posted on Tumblr on December 18, 2015