Spunkie is a goblin similar to the Scottish Kelpie. Spunkie is popularly believed to be an agent of Satan. His special victims are travelers who have completely lost their way.

He attracts his unfortunate victims by the means of a light that appears to be a reflection of a window, which is apparently not far away; but as the victims proceed toward it the light recedes like the rainbow. However, the victims still follow the gleam until Spunkie successfully lures them over a precipice or into a morass. A.G.H.

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