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  • European European (culture)
  • Forest Dweller Forest Dweller (attribute)
  • Mountain Dweller Mountain Dweller (attribute)
  • Rural Rural (attribute)
  • Haunting Haunting (behaviour)
  • Fairies and Nymphs Fairies and Nymphs (common type)

The Bulgarian name for Vili. These are spirits that perform the ballet ‘Giselle’. They are called Samovily in Bulgaria. They inhabit various aspects of nature such as trees, lakes, fields and rivers. They are virgins of children and come up from their graves to engage in a dance. Anyone who joins in with their dancing ritual will be magically enticed to dance with them until they die. Sometimes they are known to be fairy godmothers and predict the fate of children like the Moirae.

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