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In Scottish folklore, Tangie is a
shape-shifting water spirit.

From the Danish tang, for 'seawwed', this water spirit of the Orkneys is said to appear either as a coarse-haired type of pony with seaweed or shells in its mane, a man covered with seaweed, a merman, or as a little seahorse.

The Tangie is known for terrorizing lonely travelers, especially young women on roads at night near the lochs, whom it will abduct and devour under the water.


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In the Shetland Islands legends, Black Eric, the sheep rustler, rides a Tangie, and makes use of its supernatural assistance when raiding and harassing surrounding farms. After Black Eric is slain by crofter Sandy Breamer, the Tangie continues to terrorize the region.

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Sources: (1) Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable
, Harper Collins Publishers; (2) Briggs, Katherine, An Encyclopedia of Fairies: Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies, and Other Supernatural Creatures, Pantheon Books; (3) Spence, Lewis, An Encyclopedia of Occultism, Carol Publishing Group; (4) Rose, Carol, Giants, Monsters, and Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth, W. W. Norton & Company; (5) Dictionary of the Occult, Caxton Publishing.

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