Albanian Mythology comprises myths and legends of the Albanians. The elements of Albanian mythology are of Paleo-Balkanic origin and almost all of them are pagan. Albanian myths can be divided into two major groups: legends of metamorphosis and historical legends.
Many of the characters of the Albanian mythology are included in the "Albanian Songs of the Frontier Warriors" (Këngë Kreshnikësh or Cikli i Kreshnikëve), the traditional cycle of Albanian epic songs. In various tales there is a certain degree of Greek and Latin influence, some mythological figures derive from Greek mythology.
List of legends, myths, ballads, and characters
Some of the best known legends, concepts, ballads, songs and/or characters of Albanian mythology are:
- Bajloz or Katallan (giant)
- Constantin and Doruntine
- Djall (devil)
- Gjergj Elez Alia
- Kacamisri (similar to Tom Thumb)
- Karkanxhol (werewolf)
- Keshete (naiad)
- Lubi (Chimera)
- Nuse mali (Nymph of the Mountain)
- Princess Argjiro
- Shtojzovalle (sylph)
- The Tale of the Eagle
- Thopc (gnome)
- Zana e malit (Mountain Fairy)
- Robert Elsie (1994). Albanian Folktales and Legends. Naim Frasheri.
- Martin Mato "New View on old Text" in newspaper Albanian Daily News, f 10 30 Nov. 1996, Tiranë
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