The skrzak or skrzat is a little flying imp in Polish and Wendish mythology. Since the earthquakes that have released the gods from the Void, many underground labyrinthine mazes have come to exist. One of the many inhabitants of these tunnels are the skrzaks. Living primarily in dark, high ceiling enclosures, these creatures attack trespassers without mercy. If their target was able to avoid the razor sharp fangs and claws, the maniacal laugh that these imps emit would instead drive a man mad. Their pursuit is relentless and their cackling consistent. These small creatures tend to have human-like appearances, even though their flesh is purplish-black, and they rarely walk but instead fly on the large wings on their backs.
Herbert Gottschalk: Lexicon Der Mythologie. Safari-Verlag. Berlin. 1973.
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