There was a time, long ago, before humans began defying creatures, building structures to live in, and bringing order for those who dwell on the planet, when fairies, elves, and gnomes ruled themselves. The wee-folk lived in harmony among the birds, wild animals, trees, and plants. Together they lived as one. Fairies enjoyed living life as they wandered through the meadows, climbed the hills and mountains, drank and swam in the stream, river and lakes.
They had the gift to shape-shift into any of Mother Nature's children. They could appear and disappear with the snap of fingers. They respected all that are born to Mother Earth by taking only what is needed and acknowledging the Divine presences.
Mortals needed to define the small beings mostly by their ability. In Latin, the fairies are known to predict and control human destiny and charged (named) "fatum" or "fate." In France, the term, "feer" later translated in English became the word "fairy" to describe the small beings as one who casts spells, changing human vision. The sighting of them are recorded in poems, songs, and myths. When one crossed your path, it is a sight no one could forget. No bigger than a man's hand, the males dressed soft, bright rainbow color fabric. The females flowing garments with flowers woven in their hair.
Polarity also applies to fairies. The universe is dual and contains its opposite. The solitary fairies were known to be the keepers of the four corners, guardian of wood, water, air and land. A sighting of this fairy is more by actions - like rustle of leaves, a babbling brook, or parting of grass. They can command a bird to appear carrying knowledge, the answers we humans seek. The opposite is born from banished gods, trooping fairies. Their joy is humans greatest fear.
Long ago, when the early Russians arrived to build new lives, a few unknown guests known as the Leshy chose to tag along. The Leshy appears like an infant cradle among the tree branches, along the river beds, and in cottages. You can hear them sighing, moaning, or laughing with the wind. You dare not wake one as they are mischief-makers and can be hostile to humans. They hold great power and are able to conjure up storms. If you wander into their territory and wake one with a snap of a twig, or a loud cry, they feel you are a trespasser and will be treated as one.
If you do meet a Leshy, receive him as pleasantly as you can.