The Deer Woman is a shapeshifting spirit who can move fluidly from the shape of a deer to that of a beautiful human woman. She can be depicted as a deer, a fully human woman, or at points in between. Like many supernatural beings, she has two sides to her powers. As a benevolent spirit, she is an aid to women, guiding them through maturation, fertility, and courtship. As a malevolent spirit, she represents the dangers of letting carnal desire rule one’s actions. In this darker role she is known to seduce young men only to kill them by trampling them with her hooves or by letting them waste away from desire.