Bulgarian National Radio © 2021 All Rights Reserved

Folkwise: beliefs and legends about the wind

Photo: sliveninfo.bg

An old legend has it that all winds are born on Christmas Еve and baptized before Epiphany. In Bulgarian folklore, winds are classified first according to the four cardinal directions. The wind coming from the north is called Northerner, or Dolnyak. The southern wind brings warmth and good weather and is called the White Wind. Because of the midst coming from the Black Sea, the wind blowing from the east is called Chernomorets. From the west comes the Gornyak. Sometimes, the winds argue with each other. Once, the Northern Wind invited all winds to its icy palace. The Southern Wind refused to go, because he knew his strength and did not want to melt everything around. Eventually, he agreed to visit the Northern Wind at the insistence of all other winds. But when the Southern Wind exhaled warm air, the Northern Wind got angry and stabbed him in the eye. Since then the Southern Wind is known as the One-eyed Wind.

In Bulgaria, when people are said to be “chasing the wind”, they are not clear about their goals and ideas. You can learn more stories and proverbs about the wind in Radio Bulgaria’s article: “The boisterous image of the wind in Bulgarian folklore”.

Compiled by: Albena Bezovska

English version: Kostadin Atanasov

More from category

Bulgarian embroideries from the National Revival Period featured in special catalog

Unique Bulgarian embroideries from the National Revival Period have been collected in a catalog by the Iskra Historical Museum in the town of Kazanlak. The luxury edition with rich images is called "Dyes and threads" and is one of the events..

published on 6/20/21 11:05 AM

Walnuts in folk songs and magical rituals

The walnut tree is one of the most common tree species in the Balkans. It also grows well in other European countries, as well as in Asia, North and South America. The walnut tree is one of the spring symbols of the nature reborn. The nuts are..

published on 6/13/21 6:10 AM

Ancient village of Dobarsko – a fount of surprises even for those who have come here before

Those who have once visited the village of Dobarsko want to come back again, because time is never enough to enjoy all local sights. The village reveals a stunning view of the entire Razlog Valley, the majestic Pirin Mountain and the..

published on 6/12/21 6:30 AM