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Cornish mine-spirits, thought to be the ghosts of the Jews who worked the mines in the 11th and 12th centuries; sometimes confused with the bucca. For the most part the gnomelike knocker is thought harmless; out of sight of humans, it cannot endure the sign of the Cross. A counterpart of the Welsh coblynau. Folk motifs: F456; F456.I.I; F456.I.I.I; F456.I.2.I.I; F456.I.2.2.I; M242.

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