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by Micha F. Lindemans
The Ljeschi is the Slavic version of the satyr and the faun. The name of the creature is derived from ljes ("forest"). In appearance the Ljeschi is identical to the satyr and the faun, although the Ljeschi can alter his size at will. When he walks through the woods, he is as tall as the trees; when he walks on the meadows, he is not taller than the grass.

Some of them are corn-spirits as well as wood-spirits; before harvest time they have the same size as the corn stalks, while afterwards they shrink to the size of the stubble.

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  • Also known as:
    Leszy (Polish)

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