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- December 22, 2011 at 6:42 am #342537
Psoglav (Serbian: Псоглави, literally doghead) is a demonic mythical creature in Serbian mythology; belief about it existed in parts of Bosnia and Montenegro. Psoglav was described as having a human body with horse legs, and dog's head with iron teeth and a single eye on the forehead.
Psoglavs were described to live in caves, or in a dark land, which has plenty of gemstones, but no sun. They practice cannibalism, by eating people, or even digging out corpses from graves to eat them.
Psoglav is a chthonic demon, somewhat similar to Greek cyclops.
Doghead St. Christopher
"Cynocephalys (dogheads) are those who from the breast and above have the dog's head. In Russia, they are often seen in captivity and in their barking can catch the words''.
Adam from Bremen, Gesta Hammarbungensis ecclesiae pontificatumDecember 22, 2011 at 12:44 pm #369574
Interesting thread, Dervan! Never heard of this legend before. From what era more or less is this elgend?December 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm #369575
AnonymousQuote:Interesting thread, Dervan! Never heard of this legend before. From what era more or less is this elgend?
Hard to say, cynocephalia have roots in prehistory, remmember also Slavic Neuri tribe and their changing into wolves by Herodotus.
Few Slovenian folk stories about Psoglavs mention Attila as doghead, born in relation of King's daughter and dog.
Psoglavs were also some wild, forest population in Montenegro.
As you can see, this creature is very similar with werewolf (wolf-man), while Serbian vukodlak is more similar with vampire (thing that can transform into wolf).December 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm #369576
Interesting thx Dervan. In my region we have something similar. Its called story of Pasjeglavci.December 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm #369577
AnonymousQuote:Interesting thx Dervan. In my region we have something similar. Its called story of Pasjeglavci.
No problem, I found on internet, few stories about Psoglavs/pasjeglavs in Slovenian, Croatian and Serbian, there are actualy overview of some ancient, terrible times wrapped in mythology, such as tale of Ivica i Marica (Hansel and Gretel)…December 22, 2011 at 2:22 pm #369578
Dervan are pasjeglavs and psoglavs only among South Slavs and Russians?December 22, 2011 at 2:50 pm #369579
AnonymousJanuary 9, 2012 at 1:44 pm #369580
Imagine what we would feel if we were to sight such creatures.February 3, 2012 at 4:08 am #369581
Псоглав from book "Kosingas". http://www.kosingas.com/order-of-the-dragon.htmlFebruary 4, 2012 at 8:48 am #369582
Strangely, I had never heard about psoglavs in Russian mythology before, i thought it's just an apocrypha in some branches of early Christianity.November 30, 2012 at 12:12 pm #369583
Among the Russian mythological beings Polkan can be associated with psoglavs. Despite the fact that usually it is depicted as a centaur, we can find some additional information about it in the Brockhaus and Efron Encyclopedic Dictionary:
“Polkan – a dog, a hero, a pesigolovets, one of the heroes of Russian fantastic and epic legends. We meet him (in the text of the XVIII century) among the "strongest heroes" together with Samson Kolyvanovich and Svyatogor, in the army of Vladimir.”
Another point of view:
“Polkan appeared in Russian folk epic with the dog head and other attributes from medieval poem «Reali de Francia», which included the story of "Bova the Prince» (Buovo d'Antona). Polcan – “Pulicane”, a dog-hero – was a son of a noble Christian seniora and the dog (such stories are quite common in medieval chronicles).” Polcan was sent to assassinate the prince.
But this version is highly controversial, as the name and description of Polkan can be found in Russian fairy tales long before the poem appeared.
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