Raggedy Man

The name of a bogle who appeared in certain early folk tales deriving from this period. At times he was a terrifying figure, reputed to devour little children who misbehaved — or, oddly, to "snatch them through the ceiling" — particularly those who had entered forbidden precincts.

In some tales, however, the Raggedy Man proved to be a savior in great danger, a secret ally who knew hidden paths, or who possessed magical artifacts that could either kill his enemies or rescue those under his (often ill-appreciated) protection.

In at least one instance, the Raggedy Man is identified with the Man in the Moon.