Czech/Slovak: nightmare

  • Jana337

    Senior Member
    čeština
    The dictionary is right - we indeed use the literal meaning, and so do Slovaks. :)

    Jana
     

    Jana337

    Senior Member
    čeština
    Sorry, forgot: Nočná mora as far as I know. However, I had some success with mura in Google.

    Jana
     

    Tolovaj_Mataj

    Senior Member
    Slovene, Slovenia
    I'm sorry to interfere.
    We in Slovene say "mora". I checked the SSKJ dictionary and there's a very interesting explanation of the word "mora" when meaning "a nightmare". It says (translated):
    "after folk believing mora is a creature who chokes a human being and harms to animals."

    This creature doesn't belong to the Christian belief, so it must be older, from the old Slavic belief. Can you trace it out also in Slovak and Czech?
     

    Jana337

    Senior Member
    čeština
    Yes, that's what I know from legends and fairy-tales. But I do not know whether it is specifically Slavic.

    Jana
     
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