- Rikon (map)
- Sveučilišna Avenija
- Rijeka, Primorsko-goranska županija, 51000
In the middle of her favourite month, you can find our Iva in her favourite Croatian city speaking about... witches.
Here in Croatia, we have a different name for Halloween: Night of the witches. It's all thanks to translation of the title of Halloween the movie. That's why witches are a very common motive for Halloween time in Croatia.
Visit Rikon's official website for more info about the event. See you in Rijeka!
POPULAR WITCHCRAFT POTIONS AND SPELLS
After learning how Zagreb witches got their local name coprnice, and reading about witches from Croatian folklore, the time has come to learn some useful skills. I'm not going to share the complete knowledge of the old witches from Zagreb. This is just a glimpse of all the things they were capable of.
WITCHES FROM CROATIAN FOLK TALES
The end of horrific witch trials in Croatia didn't mean Croatian witches were gone, too. But they were confronting a faith worse than death. They were being forgotten.
NOMEN EST OMEN- THE NAME IS A SIGN
Let's start our story about the witches of Zagreb from their name. In this part of Croatia, it's common to use the word coprnica (tzoh-pehr -neeh-tzah) for a witch. It's kind of a cute word, it doesn't really carry negative connotations.
Do you know where the name comes from?
INTRODUCTION TO THE STORY OF ZAGREB WITCHES
Halloween is fast approaching. Here in Croatia, we call that evening Noc Vjestica - The Night of the Witches. It is therefore more than convenient to speak about witchcraft as Autumn is coming near.
The first Legendfest of 2014 is the newcomer to the Zagreb County I just mentioned. It's happening in Lukavec, in the region of Turopolje, just minutes away from the capital. The festival's main theme is fantastic creatures called moguts. People once believed that each village in Turopolje had its own mighty guardian - a mogut. Moguts are shapeshifters, they can appear as anything from hound dogs to dragons, but are mostly found in the shape of a rough peasant. Stormy nights are sometimes evidence of a fight between two creatures of the kind. Each of them aims to protect its own village and harm the other mogut's one with the help of the immense thunder and lightning.