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A Piru is a minor evil spirit or Demon in Finnish mythology.

In folklore the Piru often features as a nasty spirit of the forest with which a wise-aleck either wins or loses a battle of wits, giving or receiving a forfeit[?] in return.

The Devil is often referred to as Pääpiru, literally "Headpiru".

"Piru" is also a mild swearword in Finnish.

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