Balkan Lore, Gods, Demigods, Heroes, Symbols, and Other Famous Mythological Characters


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Bukura e dheut

A benevolent fairy. She lives in a castle which is guarded by many wonderful creatures and has contact with the underworld. Occasionally identified as Bukura e dheut.

Bukuri i qiellit

The name for god. This deity was originally one of the three gods of sky, ocean and underworld. Occasionally called Bukuri i qiellit.


The devil in Albania. Sometimes called Djall, Dreqi or Dreqi.


An Illyrian god later demoted to the status of a demon. At times, known as En.


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An Albanian female demon causing. Sickness. On occassion, called Kukuth, Kukudhi or Kukudhi.


An Albanian male demon. Also commonly identified as Kulsheder, femaleKulshedra or femaleKulshedra.


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An Albanian female demon. She causes drought which can be lifted only by the sacrifice of a virgin. Also commonly known as Ljubi.

Martin Krpan

A Slovene hero who was an attendant of the Viennese emperor. Identified as Martin Krpan.


An Albanian guardian goddess. It is said that each person has its own Ora to provide protection. Also commonly identified as Ora.


An Albanian storm-god. At times, referred to as Perende, Perendi or Perendi.


Albanian mountain spirits. It was said that these spirits could punish people who wasted food by making them hunchbacked. In some accounts, identified as Perit.


An Albanian love-goddess. Consort of Perende. Sometimes known as Prende, Prenne or Prenne.


Croat spirits of dead mothers: fate. Genii. Three of these beings are present at the birth of each child. Sometimes known as Rodjenica, Rojenica, Rojenica, European Narucnici, European Narucnici, Russian Rozanica, Russian Rozanica or Narucnici.


A Lapp plague-spirit. Also referred to as Rota.


An Albanian storm-god. In some references, known as Shurdi.


A female demon in Albania. In some accounts she is a firebreathing dragon who guards a hoard of treasure. On occassion, called Stihi.


An Albanian god of fire and winds. Occasionally referred to as Verbti.


Albanian spirits. These beings are usually beneficent and betray their presence in the house by causing stairs to creak and lights to flicker. In some lore, occasionally identified as Xhindi.


An Albanian fairy. She is said to be protected by goats. Occasionally known as Zana, Roman Diana, Roman Diana, Abnoba, Arduinna, Aritimi, Artemis, Delia, Devana, Dilwica or Dziewona.


A deity of the dawn in Illyria. Sometimes called Zora.
Balkan Mythology