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Who are the karakonjule and kalikancari?

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These terrifying and evil mythical creatures instilled fear in the bones of the entire population of Southeast Europe. Where do karakonjule or kalikancari come from?

Kalikancari (Greek: kallikantzaroi) are evil goblins believed to live in the underworld and come to the surface during the twelve days of Christmas, from December 25 to January 6, from the winter solstice for two weeks when the sun "stops" with its seasonal movement).

It is believed that the Kalikancars remain underground to cut down the Tree of the World, which will then fall together with the entire Earth. However, according to the legend, just when they are nearing the end of the cutting, Christmas dawn arrives and they are able to come to the surface to disturb the mortals - which is why they forget about the tree.

Finally, on January 6 (according to the Gregorian calendar), the Sun begins to move again and they must return to cutting. However, on their return, they see that the Tree of the World has healed during their absence, so they have to start all over again. It is believed to be an annual event.

Although there is no standardized description of the appearance of the Calicans, some Greeks imagined them as half-animals, mostly as males. They are said to resemble little, black devils, and there are theories that they have the appearance of a wolf. It was also believed that they were incarnated souls of ancestors, led by a "lame demon".

Unlike kalikancars, karakonjule are exclusively female demons with the image of an old woman with large nails and iron teeth, often with heads decorated with horns. They appear "on unbaptized days" (twelve days of Christmas) and then at night they ride every man who finds himself outside the house, while women scratch their faces, drown them in water or throw them from the hill, it was once believed. Severe physical torture lasts until dawn when the victim is released.

A Christmas cake called karakondžul is made in the area of ​​Gevgelija.

We share the belief in karakonjule with Bulgarians and Macedonians, and it is still maintained in the southern parts of Serbia. We inherited it from the Greeks, who believed in it in male form. Namely, karakonjule are a female form of night colloquia, to which sacrifices were offered around Christmas. There is a theory according to which the Greeks inherited the belief in these beings from the Slavs.

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kahinita onek interesting..valo laglo

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2 years ago

Thank you.

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2 years ago

I know how to say when I don't like someone that she's a karakondzula, and honestly I never even knew the meaning of that word, but that's how I somehow connected with bad people :)

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2 years ago

Ahahaha, here's the answer :-)

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2 years ago

Honestly, this is the first time I've heard of them. I like to read a lot about mysterious creatures, but I didn't come across them. Thanks for sharing with us

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2 years ago

I'm glad you learned something new from this article

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2 years ago

these karakondjule were dangerous they only attacked men, haha I hope they don't exist anymore

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2 years ago

Ahahahaha ;-)

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2 years ago

I heard Zakarakonjule from stories and now if they really exist I'm not sure I think they are just a myth.

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2 years ago

These are just stories and retellings. .

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2 years ago

These are just stories and retellings. Until someone shows up with proof that they really exist.

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2 years ago

These are scary creatures as far as I read in your article

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2 years ago

Yes, very evil

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2 years ago