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Bukavac (Serbo-Croatian pronunciation: [bǔːkaʋat͡s]) is a demonic mythical creature in Slavic mythology.[1] Belief in it existed in Srem.[2]

Bukavac was sometimes imagined as a six-legged monster with gnarled horns, slimy skin and long tail.[2] It lives in water (rivers, swamps and creeks) and comes out of it during the night to make a loud noise (hence the name: buka - noise), and it will jump on people and animals and try to strangle them.[2]

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  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Demons in World Religions and Cultures. Books.Google. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Š. Kulišić; P. Ž. Petrović; N. Pantelić (1970). "Букавац". Српски митолошки речник (in Serbian). Belgrade: Nolit. p. 48.