Leshy the Forest Demon
Leshy the Forest Demon carving on ancient walrus tusk ivory by unknown artist. This is from Slavic mythology
Leshy are masculine and humanoid in shape, are able to assume any likeness and can change in size and height. He is sometimes portrayed with horns and surrounded by packs of wolves and bears . In some accounts, Leshy is described as having a wife and children . He is known by some to have a propensity to lead travelers astray and abduct children, (which he shares with Chort the “Black One”) which would lead some to believe he is an evil entity. He is however also known to have a more neutral disposition towards humans, dependent on the attitudes and behaviors of an individual person, or local population, towards the forest. Some would therefore describe him as more of a temperamental being like a fairy.