|STUDIA MYTHOLOGICA SLAVICA
| Znanstvenoraziskovalni center SAZU
STUDIA MYTHOLOGICA SLAVICA 7, 2004
Winds as Mythological Beings in the Notions of South Slavs in the Eastern Balkan Area
The article explores the relationship of beliefs and notions related to South-Slavic «wind-like» mythological beings such as (h)ala and lam(n)ja, and the lexicon belonging to the semantic sphere «wind names» in the Eastern Balkan area. It is shown that the most salient characteristics of these mythological beings (they are strong, gluttonous, bring diseases and destroy harvests) are used as a motivation for names of particular winds, which confirms high similarity (and often equality) between meteorological phenomena such as wind or storm, and mythological beings in the notions of South Slavs.
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