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In Albanian mythology, Shurdhi is a weather deity of Illyrian origin.[1]


The name Shurdhi derives from the Albanian phrase i shurdhët meaning the deaf one in English.[2] Baron Nopcsa, regarded as one of the founders of Albanology identified the name Shurdhi with the ancient Thracian thunder deity Zibelsurdus, who was also greeted with weapons.[2][3]


Shurdhi travels using clouds which announce hail storms when he arrives. Shurdhi is related to Verbti. He can be repelled with noise and gunshots.[2]

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  1. ^ Jordan, Michael (August 2004). Dictionary of gods and goddesses. Infobase Publishing. p. 284. ISBN 978-0-8160-5923-2. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Elsie, Robert (2001). A dictionary of Albanian religion, mythology and folk culture. C. Hurst & Co. Publishers. p. 238. ISBN 1-85065-570-7. 
  3. ^ Lurker, Manfred (2004). The Routledge dictionary of gods and goddesses, devils and demons. Psychology Press. p. 172. ISBN 978-0-415-34018-2. Retrieved 11 November 2010.