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Continuing with mythological creatures, this story comes from Slavic folklore. The Leshy is a male woodland spirit that protects wild animals and trees. He is a shapeshifter, but mostly appears as a bulky old man with branches, vines and bark all over his body.

He is known to be very mischievous… Leshy find joy in confusing weary travelers in the forrest- he does this by moving trees and paths to lead them deeper and deeper into the woods.

There’s a really fun article about them here: http://mythandlore.blogspot.com/2012/04/leshy.html