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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Appearance LESHY Elissa Stamps Special Powers Literature References Symbolizes Baltic and Slavic Countries Eastern Europe Nature Spirit Works Cited:Bernhard, Carolyn. "Leshy Designs." Carolyn Bernard Illustration. 2012. Web. 23 Nov. 2013.Clarke, Dallas. "Creatures and Shapeshifters." Jewish Terrorism. 19 July 2012. Web. 23 Nov. 2013.Fredrick, Michael. "Leshy (Slavic Mythology." Myth and Lore. 16 April 2012. Web. 23 Nov. 2013. "Leshy." Encyclopaedia Britannica. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2013. Web. 23 Nov. 2013. "Leshy". The Witcher Wiki. Web. 23 Nov. 2013. Swampy. "Goddess Leshy" Dutchie. Dutchie Network. Web. 23 Nov. 2013. "The Gods of Slavic Mythology." God Checker: Your guide to the Gods. Web. 23 Nov. 2013. The name Leshy comes from the Slavic (Russian) term for "forest". Having many different forms, the Leshy usually appears as a tall, pale blue peasant with a beardmade of grass and vines, and dark green eyes. The creature is able to shrink or grow from thesize of a blade of grass to the height of a tree. Slavic Mythology Dating back to the time of Christ, Slavics created the mythology in response to the confusion with the start of "Christian conversation." Abusing those who carelessly wander into the forrest, the Leshy creeps and plays maliciously by leading peasants astray from their path. They have been known to make people sick and even end up tickling them to death. Their main goal is to mislead travelers, but they have the problem of having too much fun, sometimes accidentally causing their death. If one is found lost in the forest, it is recommended to sit under a tree and put your clothes on backwards and put your left shoe on your right foot. By gaining their respect, this will release you from the games of a Leshy. The Leshy is known to have close ties with wolves, bears, and all other animal life. Most are referenced with shape shifting. For example, the werewolf shown in many works of literature such as "Twilight" written by Stephanie Meyer, is a character named Jacob who transforms into a werewolf from a teenage boy. He is meant to protect his territory along with the ones who he befriends. Because the Leshy lives in the forest, his main role is to protect the plants and animals living there. Not only messing with wanderers, the Lechy also punishes those who physically abuse the land or animals. He symbolizes the preservation of the lands in the slavic country that may have trees that fell or animals that were murdered. The Leshy represents how protective the Slavicks are of their lands. They are very territorial and preserve their mountains, forests and rivers from outside contact. Slavic Countries: Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Serbia, Russia, Poland, Montenegro, Czech Republic, and Ukraine. Baltic Countries: Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania.
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