In Polish mythology
, the Polewiki
is a field spirit that appears as a deformed dwarf with different colored eyes and grass for hair. He appears either at noon or sunset and wears either all black or all white. He will lead wandering people in a field astray; give them diseases or ride them over with his horse if he finds them asleep. If a person falls asleep on the job after drinking, the Polewiki might murder them. Appeasing the Polewiki requires two eggs and a rooster, a toad and crow placed in a ditch when no one is looking. Poland
was named after the word Pole, which means field.