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Heydrich as Banshee or Zmora by hello-heydi Heydrich as Banshee or Zmora by hello-heydi
Mora or Zmora in Slavic countries
according to wiki
Poland

In Polish folklore, mora are the souls of living people that leave the body during the night, and are seen as wisps of straw or hair or as moths. In certain Slavic languages, variations of the word mora actually mean moth (such as in Slovak language mora or another example is Czech word můra).
Serbia

In Serbia, mare is called mora, or noćnik/noćnica ("night creature", masculine and feminine respectively). It is a common belief that mora enters the room through the keyhole, sits on the chest of the sleepers and tries to strangle them (hence moriti, "to torture", "to bother", "to strangle"). To repel moras, children are advised to look at the window or to turn the pillow and make a sign of cross on it (prekrstiti jastuk); in the early 19th century, Vuk Karadžić mentions that people would repel moras by leaving a broom upside down behind the door, or putting their belt on top of their sheets, or saying an elaborate prayer poem before they go to sleep.
Croatia

In Croatian, "mora" refers to a "nightmare". Mora or Mara is one of the spirits from ancient Slav mythology. Mara was a dark spirit that takes a form of a beautiful woman and then visits men in their dreams, torturing them with desire, and dragging life out of them. Other names were nocnica, "night woman" in Polish, or éjjeljáró, "nightwalker" in Hungarian

from my family tales and personal experiences
it's lovely lady who sat on your chest in night and weep or chocke you she is really really upset and cold in touch she is or white or black more often called Zmora than Mora. She is undead unpeaceful soul who cries a lot
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Sergej12345 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
I see connection now,and I also see common motif of Slavic religion.Two things that are oposites yet connected,kinda like yin-yang.You wrote similarities of connection with music (I also found out that banshees sing when child is born,giving him gifts ala Sleeping Beauty or when they wish to keep death from member of their charged family who is theirs favorite) and elements I wrote in previous comment,mora or heidritch uses them for malignant purposes,while banshee for benign.I also found somewhere that all Slavs have somewhere around 15 percent of Celtic blood (again,we Southern have 14 percent) so that's where connection came from maybe.And even if tbhis myths are much older,modern conflict of fairies and witches is seen here.Also,i totally understand your problem,and could you say me what book that is?
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hello-heydi Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yup and there are some celtic places even in Cracov ;) and i bet it influenced slavs a little bit
book is "Legendy Południowych Słowian" by various writers
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Sergej12345 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Don't worry,you are not only one.Many Southern Slavs also know nothing about  themselves,mostly because Slavic belief were oral and only written documents were by christian priestess who  lamented about our sinful  ways and in process demonized it.Gods were forgotten and plagarised by saints (no joke,Jesus's mother Mary has some attributes of Vesna,Lada,Siva and Matka Zemlja,goddess of spring and beauty,summer and love,autumn and motherhood and Earth and fertility,mostly virginal birth),but creatures as one here proved to be more adaptable than their gods and survived,sometimes even having traces of old beliefs.Prince Marko  was great hero,battled spiritually and later truly against Ottomans for Christianity,but5-6 legends claim that he got all of that thanks to vilas(fairies),mostly his blood-sister Ravioila and different fairies accounted to being his mother or raising him,such as are lake vila Mandolina and lake samovila Vila.But nobody today listens to old people's tales.Maybe they should,if they wish to protect themselves from things that go to bump in night(or day,or twilight,or dawn...).I think legend is same for all Slavs concerning Moras,but I'm not sure.Also,to ask you,why you wrote banshee in name of deviation?They are both night,death and other worlds,but while mora is malignant creature,banshee is fairy connected to one family (kinda like fairy godmother) who wails when somebody from family is going to die,cares for their souls and sometimes blesses them when  they are newborn(even if modern American tales would wish you to believe they are undeads that kill with their voices).
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hello-heydi Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
there is the same with western ones and also literature about it in polish and czech is rather small :P so I am re reading the same books millions of times and use ethnological books to find more mythical elements. Frustrating, and I havent found any english czech or polish book on Southern Slavic mythology (just single book about legends lol)

Moras or Zmoras in Polish are creatures like nightmares who sit on chest and paralyse in sleep :P so it is a little bit different. and banshee because if you connect love which heydrich had for music with screams and music of banshees who propethed death by their songs it is oddly similar. ;)
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Sergej12345 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
We.South Slavs,believe that moras are daughters of witches that learnt craft,but haven't married,had you-know-what,ate somebody's heart or/and done something malignant (pranks and jokes don't count,as they are on;y tricks),or witches that had change of heart and no longer  do previous mentioned things,but their  nature forces them to do something bad,so they sit people on chest and cause nightmares.
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hello-heydi Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D interesting sadly I dont know much about southern slavic beliefs (lack of literature ;()
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Branstock Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012   Filmographer
Do you know the english "Nightmare" ? which really means "Night female horse" and it's said it was a kinda demonic white mare who comes in the nights and sits over your chest and take your soul to a journey.
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hello-heydi Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes but in poland it was woman ;) not a horse, well many anglo saxon woman have horse faces so probably thats why they were taken as horses :D
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Branstock Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012   Filmographer
probably it came from Eastern...the fact that mare and mora sound pretty similar as words.
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hello-heydi Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its indoeuropean word mar ;) also appears in persia
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