Background: pretty much you can trust anything by Katharine Briggs. Don't have her ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FAIRIES (also known as THE DICTIONARY OF FAIRIES) with me, but that's where I'd go for the answer. If it can wait till Monday I'll dig out her entry.
> From: Elizabeth Apgar Triano
> Reply To: email@example.com
> Sent: Friday, February 18, 2005 6:30 AM
> To: Mythsoc
> Subject: [mythsoc] OT? random questions
> Does anyone know the variants on spelling for "pookah" (that spirit
> creature) and a bit of background what they are? I can't recall and don't
> trust random Googling.
> Elizabeth Apgar Triano
> amor vincit omnia
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]