"The Leshy" by Ivan Bilibin, 1906.
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Leshy is a male woodland spirit in Slavic mythology who protects wild animals and forests, a " Wild man". He is humanoid in shape, has a manly appearance and, on some accounts, is described as having a wife ( leshachikha/leszachka) and children ( leshonki/leszonky).
Name forms and etymology [ edit ]
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Leshy is known by a variety of names and spellings including Lesiy, Leshii, Leszi, Lesovik, etc.
Main name forms:
Leshy ( Czech: , Leši Polish: , Leszy Russian: Ле́ший, Belarusian: Лешы, Serbian: Лешиј)
Lesovik ( Russian: Лесови́к, Ukrainian: Лісовик, Belarusian: Лесавік, Serbian: Лесовик)
Lesovy ( Czech: , Lesovij Russian: Лесово́й, Serbian: Лесовој)
Lesny muzhik/ded ( Czech: , Lesní mužík Slovak: , Lesný mužík Belarusian: Лясны дзед), ( Polish: ) meaning "forest man" or "old forest man" Leśny dziad
Leshak ( Russian: Леша́к, Serbian: Лешак)
Lesun ( Russian: Лесу́н, Belarusian: Лясун)
Cultural depictions [ edit ]
The Wood Demon [ Леший] (1889), a four-act comedy by Anton Chekhov "Leshiy" [Леший] song by the Russian metal band
Arkona from their 2011 album . Slovo
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