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Popular myths and legends of Poland

hu_man 6 | 131  
4 Feb 2008 /  #1
It would be cool to hear some famous polish myths and legends every country has them.. Would you like to share your favorite (could be from the time you lived in Poland)?
hello 22 | 891  
4 Feb 2008 /  #2
For example about "Janosik", a man from the Polish Tatra mountains, who supposedly took the things from the rich and gave it away to the poor.
4 Feb 2008 /  #3
Is this similar to the "Robin Hood" legend?
michal85 - | 15  
4 Feb 2008 /  #4
Wikipedia has more information about this.
4 Feb 2008 /  #5
my favorite is Smok Wawelski's tale takes place in Kraków during the reign of King Krak, the city's legendary founder. Each day the evil dragon would beat a path of destruction across the countryside, killing the civilians, pillaging their homes and devouring their livestock. In many versions of this story, the dragon especially enjoyed eating young girls, and could only be appeased if the townfolk would leave a young girl in front of its cave once a month.
hello 22 | 891  
4 Feb 2008 /  #6
Is this similar to the "Robin Hood" legend?

Yes Janosik is a Polish version of "Robin Hood" (even though he lived in a cave of the Tatra mountains, near Zakopane supposedly).
lukkija 1 | 10  
4 Feb 2008 /  #7
well as far as I know Mr Janosik was rather a Slovakian lad for some reason known as polish Robin Hood style hero.
being honest his nationality is bit a confusing
Have seen so called Janosik's cave somewhere near Liptovski Mikulash-Spisky Raj...
GrandeSande 2 | 119  
6 Feb 2008 /  #8
Wikipedia has more information about this.

Slavic fairies

Thanks, Michal, fascinating!!!! and beautiful artwork!
huskyangel18 - | 1  
9 Dec 2008 /  #9
go to google and type in polish folklore and click on the title that says
polish legends,folklore,myths, and stories and FYI the acutal website is -.
It's a great site to look at the Janosik legend u were talking about and it gives the whole story and many other ones. Yes... it is like Robin Hood. I had to get folklore stories for a project and since I'm polish, I decided to google some things and what do u know, i got some great stories. ENJOY :)
Dziedzic 3 | 43  
10 Dec 2008 /  #10
Nobody has mentioned Baba Jaga !
niburak - | 36  
23 Dec 2008 /  #11
I like very mucha story of Bazylishek.
tomek123 2 | 21  
24 Dec 2008 /  #12
How about Krol Popiel...who got eaten by mice.
25 Dec 2008 /  #13
My favorite one is about the Krakow pigeons, how they were once the kings knights: cracow-life/poland/krakow-pigeons
Cheery 10 | 126  
25 Dec 2008 /  #14
There is a game being made by a Polish developer for the Wii with a plot that has many homages to Slavic folklore.. I recall it being titled 'Sadness'. I don't know what the current development status is, though.
EmmaT2008 5 | 34  
29 Dec 2008 /  #15
Very interesting I love these kinds of topics

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