Leshy - Eastern Europe
Have you ever gotten yourself lost in the woods? According to Slavic Mythology, next time you should just turn your clothing inside out and wear your shoes on the opposite feet; as that is the only way to escape the Leshy's trap. A Leshy usually appears as a tall man, but he is able to change his size from that of a blade of grass to a very tall tree. He has hair and a beard made from living grass and vines. Known to be terribly mischievous beings, Leshys have horrible cries, and can imitate voices of people familiar to wanderers to lure them back to their caves; where then at the Leshies will, and we're serious here, tickle them to death. If a person were to somehow befriend a Leshy, they will be taught the secrets of their magic, and it was often told that farmers and shepherds alike would often make pacts with the Leshy to protect their crops and herds. Though not always evil, most are said to enjoy misguiding humans and kidnapping young women... Jinkies!