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Юдите във Веда Словена – демиурзи и медиатори
Juda Fairies in Veda Slovena – Demiurgs and Mediators

Author(s): Plamen Bochkov
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Language and Literature Studies, Customs / Folklore, Studies of Literature, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology
Published by: Асоциация за антропология, етнология и фолклористика ОНГЬЛ

Summary/Abstract: The article reports data concerning Juda Fairies as a specific type of evil mythical nymphs in the two volumes of Veda Slovena and places them within the context of folklore – song and prose – of the Pirin Mountain region. The analysis focusses on some of the most representative texts mentioning Juda Fairies in Veda Slovena and Tales of the Juda Fairies in the archive of Stefan Verkovic. The conclusion is that Juda Fairies have a special place in both collections of papers and their basic functions are those of progenitors, demiurgs and mediators. The specific traits of the Juda Fairies present them as unique creatures in Bulgarian folklore while also providing parallels with other folk characters in the region with similar or even analogous functions.