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How to call your Slavic dragon?
Czech language is being typically confusing about this:
breaths fire = saň
four legs = drak (yet from heraldic point of view it’s saň)
more than one head = saň
or another point of view = saň is just a little bit more aggressive female dragon because she guards her eggs
Dragons also have ‘stages’. Smok is the first stage of drak (a little dragon), born from a snake that hasn’t been seen by any human for 7 years. Yet in Polish smok is really just a name for dragon. For Slovaks it’s either drak or šarkan.
Zmey, zmiy or zmaj, the root of the world origination from Slavic “zmeja” = adder, snake, are another names for Slavic dragon. The number of heads on South Slavic dragons is almost always an odd number (3, 7, 9).Zmej Gorynyč (see picture) is a mythical even-headed dragon originating from Ukrainian and Russian mythology, killed by Slavic hero Dobrynya Nikitich. When Russian dragon loses one head a new one will grow on its place.
Slavic dragon is much like any other European dragon an evil creature, with small exceptions like the dragon from Slovenian capital Ljubljana who protected his city. 

How to call your Slavic dragon?

Czech language is being typically confusing about this:

  • breaths fire = saň
  • four legs = drak (yet from heraldic point of view it’s saň)
  • more than one head = saň
  • or another point of view = saň is just a little bit more aggressive female dragon because she guards her eggs

Dragons also have ‘stages’. Smok is the first stage of drak (a little dragon), born from a snake that hasn’t been seen by any human for 7 years. Yet in Polish smok is really just a name for dragon. For Slovaks it’s either drak or šarkan.

Zmey, zmiy or zmaj, the root of the world origination from Slavic “zmeja” = adder, snake, are another names for Slavic dragon. The number of heads on South Slavic dragons is almost always an odd number (3, 7, 9).
Zmej Gorynyč (see picture) is a mythical even-headed dragon originating from Ukrainian and Russian mythology, killed by Slavic hero Dobrynya Nikitich. When Russian dragon loses one head a new one will grow on its place.

Slavic dragon is much like any other European dragon an evil creature, with small exceptions like the dragon from Slovenian capital Ljubljana who protected his city. 

(Source: Wikipedia, via get-to-know-cz)

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10 Things You Don’t Need To Know About Slovakia And Slovaks

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1. Many Slovaks call capital Bratislava shortly Blava and its inhabitants (Bratislavčania) Blaváci. For some reason they don’t like to be called like that.

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2. Movie Hostel, which has plot set in Slovakia, was actually filmed in the Czech Republic and Germany.

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3. Both parents of Andy Warhol were Slovaks.

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4. Protected areas are covering almost one quarter (23%) of the country surface.

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5. Folk costumes in Slovakia were so specific that just by looking at it you could tell from what village person is, what is their religion or how many children they have.

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6. There is said to be one of Marína statues of Slovak sculptor placed in North Korea.

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7. People from Eastern Slovakia and Western Slovakia generally dislike each other.

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8. ESET Company comes from Slovakia.

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9. Popular Japanese song おお牧場はみどり (Ō makiba wa midori) has melody based on Slovak folk song Horela lipka, horela. Some argue that it was actually based on Czech folk song Ej, lúčka, lúčka with same melody.

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10. Term “small talk" is unknown in Slovakia, and it’s very strange there to start conversation with stranger for no apparent reason.

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Source: internet
Some of the pictures are purely illustrative.

(via losthitsu)