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Zburător is a Romanian word for "flyer". The Flyer is a Romanian folklore roving spirit who makes love to maidens by night.[1] He is sometimes called zmeu, another dragon-like creature, with more human-like aspects.[2] It has a tail of fire and is a wolf-headed dragon.[3]

The "zburător" or "sburător" can also refer to a demon that takes the shape of a young handsome man, visiting women in their sleep, like the incubus.

Dimitrie Cantemir wrote about the myth concerning it in Descriptio Moldaviae (1714–1716). The "zburator" appears as "a ghost, a young, handsome man who comes in the middle of the night at women, especially recently married ones and does indecent things with them, although he cannot be seen by other people, not even by the ones who waylay him".

Later references to this myth appear in the romantic poem by Ion Heliade Rădulescu Zburătorul.

The myth reappears in the late romantic literature, in poems such as Călin (file de poveste) (Călin (story pages)) and Luceafărul (The Evening Star) (1884) by Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu.


  1. ^ Frederick Garber (1 January 1988). Romantic Irony. John Benjamins Publishing Company. pp. 194–. ISBN 978-90-272-8616-1.
  2. ^ Frederick Garber (1 January 1988). Romantic Irony. John Benjamins Publishing. pp. 194–. ISBN 963-05-4844-5.
  3. ^ Ioan Pop-Curșeu (16 August 2013). Magie și vrăjitorie în cultura română. Editura Polirom. pp. 250–. ISBN 978-973-46-3974-8.
  • Dracones, Enciclopedia Dacica (in Romanian)

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