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Shape-Shifters

shape-shifting (metamorphosis) The transformation from one body into another, such as humans into the bodies of animals and birds. A human who transforms into an animal becomes a were-animal. Witches, sorcerers, and other magically empowered persons are said to have shape-shifting power at will. Gods and Demons have shape-shifting ability and can take on human form. Shape-shifting in Myth, Magic, …

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Spirits

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Unicorn

unicorn In world mythology and folklore, a fantastic animal usually portrayed as a small horselike creature with a single horn protruding from its head. In European mythologies the unicorn is usually viewed as a beneficent being. A medieval description of the fantastic animal is found in Le Bestiaire Divin de Guillaume Clerc de Normandie. The Unicorn has but one horn …

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Dwarves

Dwarves

Dwarves Origin: Germanic; Norse Dwarves are famous as Snow White’s cuddly forest companions, but there’s nothing dopey or silly about Dwarves. The fierce, warrior Dwarves of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series of novels are truer to form. Dwarves are ancient, primeval Earth spirits, more likely to live within mountains, mines, or otherwise underground than …

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Faun

Faun Origin: Italy Fauns manifest as men with goat’s legs and horns, similar to Pan and the satyrs. Fauns are among the spirits in the retinue of Faunus. Like satyrs, they have a reputation for being lascivious, wild, and lustful. Artist Franz von Stuck’s 1918 painting, “Faun and Nixe” depicts a faun carrying off an exultant Nixie. (See also: Nixie.) …

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Gnome

Gnomes are subterranean spirits now most associated with garden statuary. They resemble tiny people: Paracelsus described gnomes as two spans high. (A span is the width of an outstretched human hand.) Unlike dwarves or kobolds, gnomes are not mine or cave spirits but tend to live beneath human gardens. They have a reputation for emerging at night to do a little helpful garden work. Garden gnomes allegedly bring luck.

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Mermaid

Mermaid Nearly every culture on Earth possesses mermaid lore. They appear all over the world. Those lacking oceans have fresh-water mermaids who inhabit springs, lakes, wells, rivers, and swamps. Archaeologists in the Middle East have excavated three-thousand-year-old bronze images of mermaids. In general, mermaids share the following traits and talents: • The power of prophecy. • The ability to grant …

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Basilisk

Basilisk

A basilisk is a mythological creature with a fowl’s head and serpentine body, important as a Symbol in Alchemy and in Magic. There are three types of basilisks: • The first and most deadly is hatched from a hen’s egg by a serpent ; it has the head of a cock with a toad mouth and the body of a …

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Werewolves

A werewolf is a human being who turns into a wolf and later resumes human form. During their episodes as wolves, werewolves savagely attack, kill, and devour animals and people. The word “werewolf,” or “man-wolf,” was first recorded in Old English the 11th century in the Ecclesiastical Ordinances of King Cnut (1017–1037). It was sometimes used to refer to outlaws. …

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Duende

Duende

Duende Pronounced: Do-en-day (or, if spoken quickly, dwen-day) In Spain and Portugal, the word Duende refers to spirits like goblins or sprites. Like the English term goblin, Duende is a vague term. A Duende may be any kind of small spirit. In general, they are associated with wild nature, very like a sprite, although the word is sometimes also used …

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