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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…

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La Lechuza is a creature out of Mexico and Texas. The legend is of a human-sized bird with a woman's face who lures victims to her by cooing and crying like a baby. She'll capture them and take them to her nest where she eats them at her leisure. In some tellings the creature came from a woman who practiced black magic before being killed by neighbors for her evil practices, while other tellings state that La Lechuza is a woman during the day but witchcraft turns her into an owl at night.

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.

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…

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…

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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.

The Phooka (old Irish), (also Pooka, Puka, Phouka, Púka, Pwca in Welsh, Bucca in Cornish, pouque in Dgernesiais, also Glashtyn, Gruagach) is a creature of Celtic origin, notably in Ireland and Wales. It is one of the myriad of faery folk, and, like many faery folk, is both respected and feared by those who believe in it. According to legend, the phooka is an adroit shape changer, capable of assuming a variety of terrifying forms. It may appear as a horse, rabbit, goat, goblin, or dog. No…

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Princess Fairy Limited Print - in Purple Resting on Wren Bird at Dawn

"i like to chase birds. and i want to hold birds."

A skin walker is a human who is able to shape-shift into various animal forms through witchcraft. Skin-walkers are generally considered frightening, evil, dangerous, and difficult to kill.

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Swallow Linocut Print in Black and Teal on White Paper

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In Brazil there are tales of a sea ghost, downer of Indians, that drove away fishermen and laundrywomen called ‘Ipupiara‘, a monster that was half-man, half-fish, that came out of the water to kill for fun. Later, the Ipupiara became the ‘Uiara‘, a Portuguese version of the mermaid. Uiara then became ‘Iara‘, that means ‘lady of the waters’, who is also known as the ‘mother of the waters’.