Sunday, March 16, 2014

Fairy List: D - F

Fairy List
A-C      D-F      G-J     K-N      O-S      T-Z

Dagda (Irish)
Great King of the Irish Fairy

Daijinjahime (Japan)
A long fish with the head of a woman who comes ashore and utters a prophecy.

Daikoku (Japan)
One of the Shichi Fukujin, he is a household kami who brings wealth and prosperity.

Daimyojin Akagi (Japan)
The kami of Akagi, a provider of water for the land. 

Dames Blanches (France)
White ladies are female spirits which also exist in German and Dutch mythology, they are most likely fading deities.

Dando and his Dogs (Cornish)
A Priest who becomes a huntsman for the devil (Fairy Tale)

Daoine Sidhe (Irish)
Yeats uses this word for fairies in Ireland

A species of dwarfish fairies, of somewhat evil nature 

Devil's Dandy Dogs (Cornish)
The Cornish dogs used for the wild hunt

Diaiuch (Altaian)
Owner spirit of a shamans drum which aids him when he sends his spirit to the underworld. The spirit of the drum in this case would often take the form of an animal which the Shaman could ride.

Dip (Spain)
An evil black dog who is the emissary of the devil and sucks peoples blood

Diwata (Philippines)
Beautiful and often benevolent nature spirits. Although there are numerous and varied accounts as to what they look like, a general trend may be observed in that they are normally human in appearance—beautiful and seemingly ageless. They tend to have continuously smooth and supple skin that somewhat resemble fingernails, without any wrinkled parts in the elbows and knees. They also tend to be fairer than average, as pale skin has been associated with the supernatural even during pre-colonial times (for example, the "white lady" belief is prevalent in the East and Southeast Asian regions).
The Diwata can be called upon ritually for positive crop growth, health, and fortune. However, like most such fairy creatures the Diwata also caused illness or misfortune if not given proper respect. They are said to reside in large trees, such as acacia and balete and are the guardian spirits of nature, casting blessings or curses upon those who bring benefits or harm to the forests and mountains. They have their origin in the Hindu Devata, with the term Diwata originating from the Indonesian Dewata.
The term "diwata" has taken on various levels of meanings it is sometimes loosely used to refer to a generic type of beings much like "elf" or "fairy," or very specific ones as mentioned above. It has been noted that the term "diwata" is synonymous to "anito," and that the usage of the word "diwata" is more prevalent in the Southern Philippines, while "anito" takes its place in the Northern areas.

Dobby (Yorkshire)
Name of a brownie

Dobie (Yorkshire)
A silly brownie

Dodomeki (Japan)
The ghost of a female pickpocket who has her long arms and hands covered with birds eyes which allow her to continue to pick peoples pockets

Dogoda (Poland)
The Slavic spirit of the west wind which is associated with love and gentleness.

Dokoryu (Japan)
An evil dragon which caused the soul of a mirror which appeared as a beautiful woman to appear at the bottom of a well so that people would jump in to save her allowing him to kill them.

The god of the hearth and protector of a family, a brownie like fairy.

Dola (Poland)
Protective spirits which were in essence the personification of fate. They were in charge of providing happiness and success to people. They would follow a man from birth to death. Though most of the time they couldn't be seen they would sometimes appear in the guise of a human (male or female), cat, mouse, dog. They would hound those who made bad choices such as those who were careless and wasteful.

Domowije (Poland)
Much like the Russian Domovoi they are spirits which live under the threshold or stove and are responsible for maintaining order within the house. He would warn people of danger such as by pulling the hair of woman who had abusive husbands to warn them when their husband's mood had soured. They would also moan and weep if a family member was about to die. When he strummed a comb there would be a wedding in the future. They liked to see old shoes hanging in the yard and in addition to gifts of food they also liked gifts of white cloth.

Domovyk (Ukraine)
A homemaking god or spirit which is responsible for helping the family of a household, though they can be mischievous and troublesome at times. They appear as an old man or a boy with goat legs and red pant and a horned hat. They live under the stove. Scholars such as S. Plachynda believe the the Domovyk was purely a positive being before Christianity worked to turn it into a goblin like creature. 
There are some stories which tell how a person got a Domovyk by putting a tiny egg under their arm for ten days (with the Domovyk hatching on the tenth day) This spirit than serves the person faithfully. Under Christianity it became a dangerous creature which caused damage to the household.

Dooinney Oie (Manx)
A fairy which looks like an old man and lives in sea side caves. He warns away those who approach his cave by causing them to sprain their ankle or hurt themselves in some other way. Despite his desire to be alone he can be useful and warns of coming storms.

Dorotabo (Japan)
The ghost of a hardworking farmer who's lazy son allowed the farm to fall into ruin after he died. Unable to stand the site of his farm in ruits the man will emerge from the ground an wail hiss sorrow on moonlit nights.

Dososhin (Japan)
A tutelary kami of boarder reagions which protects villagers from illness and evil spirits. In addition they protect travelers on the road. They are represented by large stones, poles along the roadway, or stones carved into the form of male or female genitals. Given is local guardian nature and the fact that the stones which they inhabited were often elongated Dososhin is often believed to be a deity of fertility as well. In modern times they have been prayed to for traffic safety.

Dozoku Shin (Japan) (Kami)
Kami of an extended family. In many parts of Japan families would organize themselves into small groups of houses (branch houses) and a larger main house. The Dozoku Shin was the primary kami of each of these house holds. So as with all kami this meant his nature could vary depending on what the family worshiped.

Draug (Norse)
Supernaturally strong zombie like creatures.

Vampires which are born from the souls of unbaptized children.

Fairy of the Brownie type 

Dunters (Scottland)
Fairies which haunt old castles

Duwende (Philippines)
Tiny creatures which can provide good fortune or bad. They live in a number of places including houses, trees, or in termite like mounds. Though most of peoples encounters with them obviously occur in the home and in some ways they could be considered a form of house spirit. Whether they are good or mischievous depends on the home owners treatment of them. Thus people would leave food on the floor so that the duwende would not be angry with them. As a joke they might take and hide peoples things but will usually return them if asked politely. 

Dvärgar (Sweden)
Small spirits which live under rocks and within cliffs. They represent the still living forces of the eaths interior. Born from the worms which feasted on Ymir's flesh they are small ugly men with long noses, and are the color of the earth. Some Dvärgar have names which suggest they may have once been the spirits of ancestors. 
They can make themselves invisible through a magical hat or a magical cloak. They are masters of crafting such amazing objects, often making incredibly beautiful halls. They have a superior skill at the forge having made Odin's Spear, Thor's Hammer, and Frey's ship. They hate traveling by boat, liking to keep their feet on solid ground. 
They can be very hostile to people and deities as they are easily enraged, being tough and durable, hard as stone they dislike elves who they see as lazy. 

Dvorovoi (Russia)
Spirit of the barn yard.

Dzodzuv (Komi)
If the dzodzuv touched any part of the human body that part woudl become sick or start to rot. If it fell into a house someone in that hosue would die an early death. 

Each Uisge (Scotland)
A Dangerous Water Horse

Eeren (Tuvan)
Helper spirits who were summoned in séance which was usually held at the beginning of night and before daybreak. They were sent out to search for the causes of illness, and were used to aid the shaman in fighting evil spirits.

Eeren Badger (Tuvan)
Reffered to as 'the bald' One of the helper spirits used by the shaman to search for the causes of illness

Eeren Bear (Tuvan)
Refered to as 'the hornless. One of the helper spirits used by the shaman to search for the causes of illness.

Eeren Moosa (Tuvan)
A shamans helper spirit which in one case at least takes the form of a wolf

Eeren Moth (Tuvan)
One of the helper spirits used by the shaman to search for the causes of illness. In one of the recorded seances the moth was sent to the place the soul was to help the shaman negotiat with the evil spirits for the return of the soul.

Eeren Raven (Tuvan)
The first spirit consulted by a shaman whose ritual was recorded. Ravens were a death portent, it's cry near a sick person meant the person would die soon. This was because the Raven was so well in tune with the spirit world. Shamans would often ask ravens for help, to protect themselves and others from death. In one case the shaman speaks of his raven eeren as flying swiftly, with inscriptions and ornaments on their wings and tails. They help search for causes of illness and trouble for the shaman.

Ekek (Philippines)
Old looking humanoid bird like creatures with duck like bills. They haunt the nights searching for sleeping pregnant woman. When one is found they extend their long proboscis into the womb and drain the baby of it's blood. 

Eki (Basque)
The daughert of the earth, the sun, she is the protector of humanity against evil spirits.

A fairy race from Saxon lore

Ellylldan  (Welsh Fairy)
A mischievous fairy which lives in bogs and uses light to lure travlers astray.

Ellyllon  (Welsh Fairy)
Welsh Elves which fit the more modern idea of fairies, they are wispy, ethreal, beautiful little creatures which eat toadstools and fairy butter (a fungus found in the roots of old trees). Yet in many stories they also appear a bit more like pixies. 

Endur (Mongolia)
Spirits of the sky. These are the strongest of all the spirits. 

Enenra (Japan)
The spirit of the smoke rising up from the hearth.

Enkanto (Philippines)
The male diwata which resides in the sea. It is customary for Filipino fishermen to offer meat and other delicacies to the enkanto by throwing them into the sea, after a day's bountiful catch.

Enokke (Danish)
A water sprite which appears as an old man with a large beard, a green hat and green teeth.

Erlik (Altaian)
The ruler of the evil spirits to whom the people would make an offering when there was sickness in hopes that he would have his spirits lift the illness. To appease him they would sacrifice an animal, often a horse. The Shaman's soul would than travel into the underworld with the help of his Spirit Protectors to give the gift to Erlik.

Eternal Snows (Thvinian)
During the ritual to cure illness the shaman would greet major spirits and ask them for aid. This is one of those spirits. 

Ettin (England)
A two headed four horned monster.

Evil spirits (Kumandin)
Were appeased through animal sacrifice and sprinkling with a form of beer in order to get the iurgen-chula (soul) of a person back. They would offer seven or nine cups of beer to Erlik in order to get a soul back.

Evil Spirits (Yakuts)
Dangerous spirits of illness might hide in the dirt so yurts are swept clean before such spirits are cast out of a sick person. They were addressed as the eight legged tribe of evil spirits. When casting them out of a person the shaman would warn them what was happening and ask them not to be angry about it.

Ežerinis (Lithuania)
The spirit of the lake which appears as a man.

Fachan (Scotland)
A monster of Scotland which has one leg, one eye, one tooth, one arm which holds a dangerous club. 

Fairies who create humanities fate

Farisees (England)
In Suffolk the fairies are called farisees. A butcher near Woodbridge went to a farmer's to buy a calf, and finding, as he expressed it, that "the cratur was all o' a muck," he desired the farmer to hang a flint by a string in the crib, so as to be just clear of the calf's head. "Becaze," said he, "the calf is rid every night by the farisees, and the stone will brush them off."

Fata Pădurii (Romania)
'The forest girl,' A beautiful spirit of the forest which tries to lure men into the woods with her. If one refuses her advances she may at times tell them "Stay than, do not know what you are missing." After this she often turns them into flowers. If a man does not please her she may turn them into a tree. Other times she might actually attack and rape young men in the forest. 

Fate (Italy)
Water fairies, based on the nymphs, when they died a lake would dry out. They often took the form of large golden snakes to scare people off as they were afraid of humans.

Another name for fairies which control human fate

Fear Dearg (Irish)
A little man who dresses all in red who comes into peoples homes to warm himself by the fire.

Feeorin (Lancashire)
A fairy mentioned in two tales from Lancashire but never fully described.

Lempo (Finland)
Evil giant forest spirits siad to be as tall as trees, they do their best to lead travelers astray appearing as flashing lights much like the will o’ the wisp. He causes illness to befall people, and sicks toothaches on people the way one might a dog. He is said to cause of a lot of ill deeds when a knife slips and cuts someone using it  

Fenodyree (Norse)
A fairy who was banished from the fairy court for falling in love with a human maiden.

Ferrishyn (Manx)
The Manx must have adopted the English word " fairies " for use in the singular number, and ferrishyn is at the least a double plural. 

Fext (Russia)
Undead generals

Fideal (Scotland)
A beautiful water fairy which drowns humans when given the chance.

Finvarra (Irish)
King of the fairies

Fir Bolgs (Irish)
The first rulers of Ireland. 

Fir Darrig (Irish)
A fairy with a read hat who may visit people's homes at night (Read the Two Fairy Tales)

Fir Chlis (Scotland)
Roughly translated as the nimble ones, the Fir Chlis are the Northern lights which were reputed to be fairies dancing in the sky.

Fire (Tuvan)
A highly venerated spirit which could bring fortune and luck to a family, he brought happiness and saftey to children, and kept live stock growing. Each hearth had a different animal devoted to it, and spirit of the fire of that hearth was often described in that way. Though they were normally helpful fire spirits could also make people ill if they offended him.

Fire (Khakass)
The shaman started his ritual by making an offering of araka to the fire which would bring this offering to the spirit of the sky.

Follet (Catalan)
Household fairies who act as a form of family deities. They tend to dress in colorful clothing, they are playfully mischievious though the required that everything being kept in clean, tidy order. 

Folletto (Italy)
Small trickster figures who are very agile, elusive and able to fly and become invisible. They live in burrows in the woods, especially near conifers. Or at times they can live in  human homes, backyards, and barns. They almost ever only come out at night to have fun and tease the animals in the stables, mess up their hair of women, and create clutter among the farm tools and in the house. Although they are tiny normally they can change their height, sometimes their shape, and so forth.

Formorians (Ireland)
Giants of Ireland 

Fossegrim (Norway)
A water spirit which will teach people to play music so well they can make the trees dance.

Fridean (Scotland)
Fairies of the Rocks to whom offerings of milk and bread were left before a journey.

Frog (Sleeping Beauty)
Most people don't realize that the frog, the fairy of the fountain made this story happen, everyone else was just players in it.

Fuath (Scotland)
Category of evil water fairies. 

Furoougi (Japan)
The original wooden fans used by Miko (priestess oracles) which came to life in the form of dragon headed monsters with only a single toe on each foot and wooden fan like fins. The Furo ougi seek to destroy all the paper fans which eventually replaced them.

Futakuchionna (Japan)
The spirits of wicked step mothers who let their step children starve to death and so were possessed by the spirits of those children. The child's ghost manifests as a mouth on the back of the woman's head which constantly demands to be fed and if it is not it uses the woman's hair as tentacles to snatch up her food.
In one folktale it was said that a woman so afflicted was believed by people to never eat so a miser sought her out as his wife so that he wouldn't have to spend money to feed her. But the spirit which had possessed her devoured more food than any human would. In other tales they seem to form communities in the mountains from which they come down to seek relationships with men in order to feed the incredibly hungry spirit which has possessed them.