- Eastern European (culture)
- Flying (attribute)
- Sorcery and Medicinal (attribute)
- Friendly (behaviour)
A bird spirit from Armenia. Its name comes from the Turkish ‘kush’ meaning bird and the Persian ‘pari’ meaning winged spirit. The Kush-Pari features in a story about a King and his son.
The King of the land became seriously ill and so he set his three sons on a task to give him an enchanted ingredient from a place that no man has gone before. The first son set off on his travels and after a long distance he found an isolated apple tree. Growing in the complete wilderness he decided no one had seen this tree. He took the apples back to his father but his father stated that he had been to this tree many years ago. The second son then set off and found the apple tree. He walked further on until he came to some mountains that were covered with gems. No one could have been here before for if they did they would have taking all these precious stones. The second son then went back to the King and gave him the gems. However the King stated that he had been to these mountains and the gems there soon turn to glass once picked. The last son went beyond the tree and mountains until he came to a place that was deserted except for a golden feather that he found. When he gave it to the King the King was delighted. He was cured but soon obsessed about the feather. He stopped ruling the land in fascination of his new gift. The third son was deeply worried for his country. He met the Kush-Pari who had given him his feather. The Kush-Pari instructed the son to dig a pool and fill it with milk. He went to the pool and washed in it himself. He then offered the King to bathe in the pool. When the King plunged in the Kush-Pari made the milk scolding hot and the King died from his burns. The son then took the ring and clothes of his father and made himself King.
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