Leshy by Dawid Jurek

LESHY (Polish Leszy)

in East Slavic mythology evil ➚ demon, personification of the forest, its lord and master of animals. It was enough to only mention him to bring bad luck (compare with Russian leshakat’siya, leshihat’siya). Leshy was roughly a human in shape (sometimes with horns and hooves), wearing animal furs. A piece of debarked linden wood protected against him.

Other name forms: lesovik, lesavik, leshak, borovik. In West Slavic (Polish) tradition leshy was known as laskowiec (forest spirit).


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