The Supernatural Beings of Belief Legends – Old Fears in a New Context

  • Luka Šešo
Keywords: legends, witches, fairies, festivals, invention of tradition, identity


This paper examines the use of belief legends about witches, werewolves, and fairies at open-air festivals in Croatia today. At such events, traditions based on belief legends are invented with the idea of enriching local tourism not only as a source of income but also as a medium through which they portray their local identity. Additionally, the author argues that the concept of fear plays a significant role in the entire process. Visitors face the fear invoked by supernatural concepts, but within the monitored and controlled festival environment, which this helps them overcome their fears and learn how to control them. Furthermore, the author argues that people are increasingly turning toward learning and knowing about supernatural beings of belief legends because they offer an attractive explanation for the functioning of the current world and afterlife.


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Šešo L. The Supernatural Beings of Belief Legends – Old Fears in a New Context. Studia [Internet]. 2020Sep.18 [cited 2021Sep.24];23:183 -. Available from: