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An Orek (Turkish: Örek, Azerbaijanese: Örək, Tatar: Өрәк or Öräk, Bashkort: Өрәк) in Turkic folklore is an animated corpse brought back to life by mystical means such as witchcraft.

The idea of Örek is present in some Turkic cultures. In some communities it is believed that a dead person can be turned into a Örek by a white dressed girl. Öreks are undead creatures regularly encountered in folk narratives and legends. They are typically depicted as mindless, reanimated corpses with a hunger for human flesh.

Өрәк or Öräk means in Tatar and Bashkort[1] languages soul or ghost[2]...


  1. ^ Хисамитдинова Ф.Г. Мифологический словарь башкирского языка. – М.: Наука, 2010. – 452 с. – ISBN 978-5-02-037580-2 (Russian)
  2. ^ Татарско-русский словарь Өрәк

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