Region of origin: Brazil
A mischievous dwarf who protects the forests and jungles of Brazil and the animal inhabitants therein, the Curupira will torment hunters and poachers, using backwards-pointing feet to create misleading trails and high-pitched noises that can drive their targets mad.
Originally posted on Tumblr on June 7, 2016
Region of origin: Wampanoag tribes, northeastern North America
A race of small, magical beings comparable to gnomes said to the live in the area around what is now Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Pukwudgie were forest spirits and proficient hunters, originally friendly with the Wampanoag tribe they shared the region with, but over time the relationship turned contentious and the Pukwudgie became tricksters, often good-natured but, on occasion, turning violent towards their human neighbors.
Originally posted on Tumblr on April 15, 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: Okinawa, Japan
Gnome-like forest spirits from the island of Okinawa, the kijimuna are tricksters but generally get along with humans until humans do something to scare them off, such as damaging the kijimuna’s tree or passing gas while the kijimuna carries them (despite their small stature they will assist people by carrying them piggy-back style over rough terrain). The kijimuna love to fish but hate octopuses.
Originally posted on Tumblr on March 6, 2016
Region of origin: Sweden
A destructive nature spirit linked to ash trees whose temper would be sated by a sacrifice made to their tree on Ash Wednesday. Guardians of their tree, they would inflict illness on anyone who damaged it.
Originally posted on Tumblr on February 7, 2016