So how about another nasty critter from our mythology? The Nattram. It shows itself during nights and looks much like a raven flying close to the ground letting out a hair-raising shout or a more creaking sound that reminds of the sound a unlubricated carriage wheel. It’s said to the unblessed spirit after a sinner or an unbaptized child that is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in the shape of a bird, always low above the ground and always from west to east. It’s believed to fly towards the grave of Christ and can’t rest until it finds it. It goes on all night and can’t rest until the sun goes up.
It’s always dangerous to get in the way of a Nattram because it is a cruel being that will attack anything living. The only way to escape is to lay on the ground until the sun rises. Another nice little critter was the Spiritus (or Spertus). A Spiritus was created by a witch or any person skilled in magic together with the forces of darkness to get success and richness. The most common way to create a Spiritus was to tie a human bone to a rope, go and fish in a creek three Thursdays in a row. Another way was to brood a rooster egg in the arm pit, when the egg hatched a small Spiritus crawled out. Roosters did according to legend lay one egg in its life.
The Spiritus should live in a beautiful carved box made from wood and one had to feed it with spit every day. As long as the person owning the Spiritus did that and didn’t give it anything else that person would stay rich and popular. It was very important that the person spitting to the Spiritus didn’t eat before doing it because the Spiritus would be angry and leave if the person forgot that. It could also take revenge in a horrible way. There was however a big problem owning a Spiritus, the money came from the devil and sort of only was borrowed from him. There was however a way to get free and not loosing ones soul.
As long as one managed to sell it before one died the devil couldn’t take the soul but it was dangerous to buy a second-hand Spiritus because it could only be sold twice and the one owning the Spiritus last would go to hell to pay back all the money the previous owners had gotten too. So when the third owner died the Spiritus crawled out of the box and crawled up on the chest of its owner to show that he or she was destined to go to hell. So never by a second-hand Spiritus 🙂
There are more beings to be described but next time I’ll tell You about more nice ones, like trolls or gnomes. Well they can be less nice too but it all depends on how they are treated. The fire is burning in the stove and it feels like it is turning towards colder weather again, I don’t mind as long as we don’t get any snow. It’s time for cocoa and perhaps a sandwich or two.
Have a great day!