Also known as Percht
- European (culture)
- Rural (attribute)
- Domestic (attribute)
- Haunting (behaviour)
An old hag with a distaff that lives in the mountains of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. She is fond of children giving them gifts, but she also sweeps up the souls on unbaptized children every twelfth night. She punishes those who do not keep to their crops by bestowing disease and plague. When she appears as a lady dressed in white she is a dark omen of death.
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