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Are there any folklore monsters or characters which exist mainly, or specifically, to embody the feeling of regret as it haunts people? I have been unable to find anything myself, although my knowledge in the world of folklore and mythology is somewhat lacking.

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Look at the Greek goddess Okays, she is the goddess of misery, grief and regret. Otherwise The Algea were the personifications of sorrow in Greek mythology, daughters of the goddess of strife, Eris. In African lore we have the Tikoloshe or bogeyman as most western cultures adopt it.

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