In Norwegian folklore, a deildegast is a type of ghost connected with the sanctity of boundary stones, and what happened to those who dared to move them. The term derives from deidl for stone and gast, having the same meaning as ghost. So the meaning may translate to border stone ghost.
The deildegast-tradition was most prevalent in the southern parts of Norway in the Middle Ages and is also connected to the gjengange, or a person who cannot rest after death because of crimes committed.
A deildegast, it was said, does not receive peace in the afterlife as a result of enlarging his own territory while alive by moving the boundary stones dividing his own and his neighbor’s territory.
After dying, the deildegast was forced to haunt the area near the boundary stones until he was able to lift it back to its correct place. This feat proved impossible, however, as the stone would always slip, causing the deildegast to emit a sorrowful scream before trying again.
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