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. The Black Arab is often depicted as a dark-tanned ruffian who kidnaps women and girls. In Serbian folklore, as well as in the beliefs of other Balkan peoples, the Arab is a chthonic demon, a replacement for the devil. Some authors compare it with Slavic Triglav.
In Bulgarian folklore, notable national heroes such as Sider Voevoda or Strahil Voevoda fight Black Arab.
In Bulgarian and Macedonian folklore Krali Marko fights against Black Arab.
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- Interpretations, volume III, 2009: Black Arab as a Figure of Memory
- Š. Kulišić; P. Ž. Petrović; N. Pantelić (1970). "Арапин". Српски митолошки речник (in Serbian). Belgrade: Nolit. p. 7.
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