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Artistic representation of a squasc.

The squasc (pronounced [ˈskwaʃ]) is a mythological being of the Eastern Lombardy region folklore.[1]

It is said to be small, hairy, tawny, similar to a squirrel without tail, but with an anthropomorphic face.

Its nature is somehow between that of a bad spirit (assimilable to the boogeyman or Blackman) and that of an elf or imp. Like the former, the squasc is summoned to frighten children, but like the latter it loves playing jokes on people, particularly young girls.

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  1. ^ Crimi, Federico and Facchetti, Giulio M.[1] Il grande libro dei misteri della Lombardia risolti e irrisolti [2], Newton & Compton, 2008, pages 430, ISBN 978-88-541-1041-0, ISBN 88-541-1041-8