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Black Arab (mythology)

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Black Arab (mythology)

In Serbian, Macedonian and in Bulgarian mythology, Black Arab (Serbian: Црни Арапин, Crni Arapin, Bulgarian: Църен Арапин, Черен Арап(ин), Macedonian: Црна Арапина, Crna Arapina) is a designation for Arabs and black people.[1] The Black Arab is often depicted as a dark-tanned ruffian who kidnaps women and girls.[1] In Serbian folklore, as well as in the beliefs of other Balkan peoples, the Arab is a chthonic demon, a replacement for the devil.[1] Some authors compare it with Slavic Triglav.[1]

In a story of Serb folklore, an Arab, after being slain in battle, escapes while carrying his head in his arm. Some other tales and folk songs have the character of a three-headed Arab.[1]

In Bulgarian folklore, notable national heroes such as Sider Voevoda or Strahil Voevoda fight Black Arab.

In Macedonian folklore Krali Marko fights against Black Arab.

See also


  • Interpretations, volume III, 2009: Black Arab as a Figure of Memory


  1. ^ a b c d e Š. Kulišić; P. Ž. Petrović; N. Pantelić (1970). "Арапин". Српски митолошки речник (in Serbian). Belgrade:  

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