In Mexico and Texas tales are told of a ghost known as La Lechuza,“owl” in Spanish. Also known as the “Witch Bird.” Folkore says that she was once a curandera (woman who practices folk medicine to cure physical or spiritual illnesses) that was exposed as a witch and killed by the townspeople, but returned to seek revenge in the form of a human-sized bird with a woman’s face. Sometimes, she is the ghost of a woman who was widowed by a man who remarried, or was the wife of an unfaithful husban...

"I am woman of winds, the water, of the ways, because I am well-known in the sky! Woman space I am. Woman by day I am. Woman of light I am." - Maria Sabina.

La curandera - medicine woman.

"Octopus woman water witch" by bohemianchaos (seen on etsy)

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Electric ectoplasm, this is what dark shadows steal from you at night, especially women and especially on stoner women (who smoke pot) because its easier to steal from those on drugs.

Medicine Woman - Medicine means the magical power of fate, healing magic and medicine. Women were the first midwives and shamans, welcoming the newly arrived and preparing sacred rituals for the departed. The Medicine Woman holds the Moon in her hands. She trusts Divine Timing. She knows that all things that once were will be again. From: The Book of Goddesses by Nancy Blair

"Las curanderas have challenged the normal female role within their culture and have assumed the authority and leadership traditionally reserved for men. Even as youngsters, the healers never accepted the submissiveness and passivity that is the fate of nearly all traditional females in their societies." -- Medicine Women, Curanderas and Women Doctors by Bobette Perrone, Victoria Krueger, and H. Henrietta Stockel.

No-Ah-Tuh, Medicine woman, 1913

La Lechuza- South American folklore: an old woman witch that can turn into a huge barn owl and swoop down and prey on young men.

The Bean-Nighe or "Washing Woman" is a type of Banshee who haunts the lonely streams of Scotland and Ireland, washing the blood-stained garments of those about to die. It is said that these spirits are the ghosts of women who died in childbirth and that they are fated to perform their task until the day when they would have normally died.

Ixchel, the aged jaguar goddess of midwifery and medicine in ancient Maya culture. According to Mayan mythology, Ixchel was married, but had other lovers. When her husband got very jealous of her, she made herself invisible to him and spent her nights assisting women in childbirth. As protector of mothers and children, she is often depicted as a maiden with a rabbit, a symbol of fertility and abundance.

Sara-hebi (さら蛇) is a large, snake-like creature with the head of a woman. Yokai Ghost stories from Japanese folklore.

Baba Yaga (Slavic Folklore) is from the Slavic regions and is sometimes viewed as an evil witch or a female demon. She is supposed to travel around flying in a black cauldron or on a freaky animated house that traveled on chicken legs! She would prey upon travelers and other unsuspecting folk with her huge mouth that was reported to stretch to the corners of the earth. Her form was that of an elderly wicked looking woman. As a side note the word 'baba' in Russian is short for grandma. ...

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Shaman Woman

Talason is a captured shadow whose measures are built in the basements of buildings, and that shadow is forced to live it’s life on as a ghost, guarding that building. Talason lives as long as the building lives. It can live along many human generations. As for people the shell of the body is not important, while they are capturing the shadow, the Talasons are not interested in people, they are interested in their constructions. Originated from human contempt of life and living, Talasons, d...

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Druids and later “witches” were thought to shapeshift into hares for magical work. Because of this belief, according to Julius Cesar (since we all know his works on the Celts are just so very reliable), it was considered taboo amongst the Celts to eat hare in case you were eating someone who was just shifting.

Witold Pruszkowski "Rusałki" 1877. In Slavic mythology, a rusalka (plural: rusalki or rusalky) was a female ghost, water nymph, succubus, or mermaid-like demon that dwelled in a waterway. According to most traditions, the rusalki were fish-women, who lived at the bottom of rivers. They lead men away to the river floor to their death.

Carl Larsson (Swedish, 1855-1919), "The Witch's Daughter" by sofi01, via Flickr