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

Bukavac was sometimes imagined as a six-legged monster with gnarled horns.[2] It lives in lakes and pools, coming out of the water during the night to make a loud noise (hence the name: buka – noise). It would jump onto people and animals and strangle them.[2]

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  1. ^ Bane, Theresa (10 January 2014). Encyclopedia of Demons in World Religions and Cultures. ISBN 9780786488940. 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.