In Finnish folklore, Ajatar (also known as Ajattara or Ajattaro) is an evil female spirit of the forest, “the devil of the woods”. She has many forms and depending on the description, she’s said to be a witch, a ghost, a snake or a dragon. Ajatar spreads diseases and plague and anyone who looks at her becomes sick. It was believed that Ajatar was the reason why people got lost in the woods and her name is probably derived from the Finnish word ajattaa; ‘to lead’, ‘to pursue’.
The Prospect Of Whitby, a public house on the River Thames at Wapping, 26th September 1942. Originally named the Devil's Tavern for its nefarious clientele, it was rebuilt and renamed in the early 19th century. Original Publication : Picture Post - 1230 - A Quiet Evening In A Riverside Pub - pub. 1942 (Photo by Kurt Hutton/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
* An exterior view from the River Thames. The public house was originally built in 1520 and known as the Devil's Tavern through its association with thieves and smugglers. Its name was changed to the Prospect of Whitby in 1777.