[the white lady ]. This fairy, in Southern Germany,
answers to Hulda (the gracious lady) of Northern Germany; but
after the introduction of Christianity, when pagan deities were
represented as demons, Berchta lost her former character, and became a
bogie to frighten children.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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