A spunkie is in Scottish lore, a GOBLIN or trickster Ghost similar to the KELPIE. The spunkie, which resides in the Scottish Lowlands, is a solitary evil spirit. He takes special pleasure in tricking travelers who have lost their way. He uses a light to lure his victims, intending to make them think it is a light in a window. The hapless traveler follows the light, which appears to be nearby. However, the light actually recedes until the spunkie has succeeded in making the traveler fall over a precipice or into a morass.

See Ignis Fatuus; JACK-O’-LANTERN.

The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits – Written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley  – September 1, 2007


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