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Djinns and Witches

Pomak fairytales

What is a forest but a multitude – mushrooms soil plants animals people – shaped by relationships ineffable, spirits unseen.

Folk tales are a symbolic representation of reality, a mirror of civilization, and are a part of a specific history, geography and culture: in this case that of the Rhodopi mountain range.

In the region of Xanthi, there are many Pomak tales that talk about animals, imaginary creatures, and stories of human adventures that are drawn from real life.

Various ethnic groups have coexisted in the Rhodopi mountains, retaining their own linguistic, religious, and cultural traits. Their folk tales functioned as links among people sharing similar attitudes towards their past and present.