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Edited/ a mythological description for Leshy added.

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The Leshy or Lesovik is a spirit in Slavic mythology who protects wild animals and forests. There are also leshachikha/leszachka (wives of the leshak) and leshonky (children of the leszy). He is roughly analogous to the Woodwose of Western Europe and the Basajaun of the Basque Country.

Leshy is the protector of all animals and birds in the forest. Mass migration of animals supposedly happens at leshy's instruction. Is said to have the ability to shapeshift into any form, animal or plant. In some tales, appears to visitors as a large talking mushroom. It can also vary in size, shrinking himself to the height of a blade of grass when moving through open fields, or growing to the size of the tallest trees when in the forest.

If a person befriends a leshy, the latter will teach them the secrets of magic. Leshies could be terribly mischievous beings: they have horrible cries, and can imitate voices of people familiar to wanderers and lure them back to their caves, where the leshies will tickle them to death; they also remove signs from their posts. Leshies aren't evil: although they enjoy misguiding humans, they are also known to keep grazing cattle from wandering too far into the forests and getting lost.

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edit, thanks to :iconpaullell: for a description :) :
if I remember correctly Leshy is a Russian legend. A forest creature that lives in the hearts of the oldest trees and steps out into the open to defend the forest from those that would do it harm. They have been known to lead lost women and children out of the woods and tend to do rather gruesome things to those that intend harm to the forest or innocent creatures within it.
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pookiesaurus4 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aren't leshies giants?
bquincha Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
La carta que armaba mi mazo fairie desafiante
bquincha Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
La carta que armaba mi maxo fairie
Aironsoft Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
Леший - это же мужчина, по одному названию понятно! Но даже если представить, что это лешачиха - довольно странно для неё разгуливать по лесу в чулках, не так ли?
yarizui Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
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ArtySpartyGirl Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
FaqeFalsovic Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Ya sure... Tickle... ;)
XanthFilatine Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She reminds Lesavka much more (the spirit of forest trees and leaves). Leshiy looks like an old man in the clothes of fur, bark or moss, and he is not a good person. Moreover, he is a very malicious person, but like the most part of slavic demons, he can help to the protagonist. However in real life, then you're lost in forests, they say even now, 'Не иначе леший водит' (Seems, Leshiy guides you). You aren't safe of his magic even if you help the forest (stop the fire, save animals, cure trees, remove garbage like old bottles or plastic bags etc). There are some ways to get rid of Leshiy's magic: you have to sing (very loud), or put your clothes on the wrong side. And I have no idea where did you read about that Leshiy can teach anybody his magic, because he never did it in our fairytales. His only help is to find the way or a good advice.
What about Lesavka, she's more positive (or better say 'neutral'), than Leshiy, but she's very shy and secretive. She guards trees and small creatures, and never appears to humans. Then at autumn the falling leaves are swirling in the air, they say, Lesavka dances before the winter.
AmbientDays Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Apparently the whole turning clothes over thing is a recurring prevention for malkadee in folklore no matter where you live.
Blue-Divine Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Leshy is my favorite mythical creature :iconiloveitplz:
madmadman01 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012   General Artist
The edit to the description is closer to the myth

but Leshy is really supposed to be a cross between an Ent and Bigfoot in appearance and a troll in behavior. It's a shady creature that considers forests its own and is in fact rather bad. I haven't ever heard of Leshis doing good things in the fairy tales, on the contrary their M.O. is to lead people in circles until those people become hopelessly lost in the forest.
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Williams013 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
A Tickle-Me-Elmo would be a great present to give them.
SlyFox2013 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
It`s looks like a fairy, but also good and beautiful))))
canpassion Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
It's so beutifull... :love:
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huh to die laughing
femelushka Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
also cool.
MintScribble Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
Well, I don't really think this describes the Slavic creature at all (my mom has a Slavic Folklore PhD - before any of you bash me for my opinion), so I do know what I'm talking about. However, the art is very nice, more of a druid to me, to be honest.
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Arleen Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's more Polish, I think ^^ The legend survived in Polish traditions up to the XIX century, when a leszy helped a Polish deserter run away from Tsar army. He is still visualized as a man in a forest ranger uniform
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Loved it. Amazing colors and the tree is fantastic.
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the abundant detail, intense colours, and complex compositions ...I think I fall in love;)
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I missed this when you added it, it is stunning!
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Bra made from the leaves. Life again has made sense to me!
Hetman80 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
I didn't know that Leszy is a women :D
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keyth2363214 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
don't get me wrong Genzoman, I LOVE your drawings and this one too. but I just feel compeled to say this much as just a ADD to the description.

incomming wikiattack then:
"A leshy usually appears as a tall man, but he is able to change his size from that of a blade of grass to a very tall tree. He has hair and a beard made from living grass and vines, and is sometimes depicted with a tail, hooves, and horns. He has pale white skin that contrasts with his bright green eyes. A leshy has a close bond with the gray wolf, and is often seen in the company of bears as well. He is the Forest Lord and carries a club to express that he is the master of the wood."
another account would add blue skin to this. not certain about that of the diccionare infernale.

even aa a female Leshy on it's true form, it would not look similar to a Hot Elve. but the HOTtnes. I would not certainly object against eitherway. XP

P.S. - did not read the other comments.
sid-felringer Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
Leshiy is typically male, often somewhat ugly, Lesovik definitely male (it's in the name), you can look at some image search results ( [link] ) to get the idea. Still, no little details should prevent one from drawing a cute girl^^
I'm russian btw, can mostly confirm the description :)
ARAD-JOKER Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010   Photographer
wow , beautiful
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Awww! I LOVE the Earth! Let's save it!! Your art is sooo beautiful!
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wow so amazing that's all I can say. I don't find anything that I don't wanna praise n you pic :D
trikla Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Artist
That is why we must love mother earth! [link]
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