"Loki and Thor, Anansi and the Lion-God, Leprechauns and Cluracans and Banshees, Kubera and Frau Holle and Ashtaroth"

The Lion-God is Maahes, an Egyptian god with a lion's head. He is the son of the cat-headed goddess Bast.

 

Cluracans are Irish fairies who resemble Leprechauns. They are generally described as being drunk and surly. If you are nice to them they will protect your wine cellar, but if they feel mistreated they will bring misfortune on your home.

 

Banshee, or 'Bean Sidhe', are female spirits in Irish mythology whose mournful cry can be heard when someone is about to die. They can appear as a beautiful woman or a hag and they are associated with the battle goddess, the Morrigan.

 

Kubera is the Hindu god of wealth. He is seen as 'Regent of the North' and 'Protector of the World.'

 

 Frau Holle, or Holda, is a mythical German woman whose domain includes spinning, childbirth and domestic animals. She is also associated with witches, the Wild Hunt and winter.

 

Ashtaroth is a prince of hell, although his name comes from the Phoenician goddess Astarte, an equivalent of the Babylonian Ishtar and the Sumerian Inanna, goddesses of love, fertility and sex.