Wildman of West and Central Asia.
Etymology: From the Persian pari, from Pahlavi parik ("malevolent sprite") and Avestan pairika ("female demon"). Said to be the female version of a Dev.
Variant name: Peri.
Significant sighting: Said to have been used in army combat units during the Avestan age (600-300 B.C.).
Distribution: Northern Iran; Caucasus Mountains, Russia; Pamir Mountains, Tajikistan.
Source: Bernard Heuvelmans and Boris Porshnev, L'homme de Neanderthal est toujours vivant (Paris: Plon, 1974), pp. 109, 119.
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