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Albanian mythology

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Albanian mythology

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Albanian culture
Albanian language

Albanian mythology comprises myths and legends of the Albanians.


  • History 1
  • List of legends, myths, ballads, and characters 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • Further reading 5
  • External links 6


The elements of Albanian mythology are of Paleo-Balkanic origin and almost all of them are pagan.[1] 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 (Albanian: 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.[2]

List of legends, myths, ballads, and characters

Some of the best known legends, concepts, ballads, songs and/or characters of Albanian mythology are:

See also


  1. ^ Bonefoy, Yves (1993). American, African, and Old European mythologies.  
  2. ^ Mircea Eliade, Charles J. Adams, The Encyclopedia of religion, Macmillan, 1987, ISBN 978-0-02-909700-7, p. 179.

Further reading

External links

  • National Center of Folkloric Activities of Albania (Albanian)

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