Torbalan (Торбалан) is a folklore figure that
Bulgarian parents use to frighten their children, to a large extent corresponding to the bogeymanin the English-speaking world. He is known to wear a pack (торба, "torba") upon his back in which he carries naughty children.
He can be seen as the antipode of the Christmas figure Dyado Koleda ( _bg. Дядо Коледа; corresponding to
Father Christmas). Usually he is known to children as the family partner of Baba Yagaalthough this is based on folklore analogy. Possibly Torbalan's figure is derived from the Russian folklore character Koschei the Immortal.
Torbalan is the subject of the parody
kyucheksong "Torbalan kyuchek" by the singer Svetlozar Hristov from the group Five Stars.
* [http://lyrical.nl/song/65152 Text of the song "Torbalan kyuchek"]
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