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The Anjanas are female fairy spirits dwelling near bodies of water, originating from Cantabrian mythology, known for their beauty and well-doing, and for antagonizing the evil Ojáncanu. Their name are said to have been derived from the Roman goddess Diana.

Myths & Legends

Anjanas are generally considered forest spirits, although some myths claim they were sent by God to do good deeds, and return 400 years after. Whatever the case, they are known for taking care of the forest, guiding those lost in it, rewarding the good, punishing the evil, and repairing or even preempting any havoc the Ojáncanu may wreak, but are powerless against the Caballucos's raid.

Anjanas can be seen inhabiting springs, often talking with the water, or walking through the forest eating fruit and honey, with those inhabiting the Cierza valley also drinking the Ramidreju's bilis. They also build palaces inside natural grottoes, and fill them with gold and treasures with which to temp the greedy and reward the good.

They will also meet up during the spring equinox's eve, dancin until dawn and scattering roses.

Finally, whilst generally good, some Anjanas may turn evil, and lay with bears, giving birth to the Cuegle.

Appearance

Half a foot to a foot and a half in height, these beautiful human-like spirits have long black or golden hair, braided or straight, fair skin and slanted, calm eyes with eihter black or blue pupils. Anjanas often wear white dresses and blue capes, adorn their hair with silk ribbons and garlands, and carry with them a magical staff or pick that may be golden, green, or outright change color every day, depending on myth.

Anjanas are shapeshifters, and may disguise themselves as nightingales, beetles, or trees instead, if not outright turning invisible.

Interaction with humans

Their general protection aside, Anjanas will also visit villages to bring gifts to the good, as well as bring clothes to the poor on christmas once every four years.

Similar and related myths

  • Xana, a similar water dwelling and forest spirit of Asturian mythology.
  • Jana, a similar water dwelling and forest spirit of Leonese mythology.
  • Mora, a similar water dwelling spirit of Aragonese mythology.
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