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A zduhać (Cyrillic: здухаћ, pronounced [zdǔxaːtɕ]) and vetrovnjak (ветровњак, [ʋetrǒʋɲaːk]) in Serbian tradition, and a dragon man in Bulgarian, Macedonian and Serbian traditions, were men believed to have an inborn supernatural ability to protect their estate, village, or region against destructive weather conditions, such as storms, hail, or torrential rains. It was believed that the souls of these men could leave their bodies in sleep, to intercept and fight with demonic beings imagined as bringers of bad weather. Having defeated the demons and taken away the stormy clouds they brought, the protectors would return into their bodies and wake up tired.
The zduhaći are recorded in Montenegro, eastern Herzegovina, part of Bosnia, and the Sandžak region of south-western Serbia. The dragon men are recorded in eastern Serbia, Banat, western Bulgaria, and Macedonia.
An individual domestic animal could also be regarded as a zduhać, such as a shepherd dog, ox, bellwether, horse, or billy goat. If an animal habitually made vocal sounds in sleep, it was assumed to be a zduhać.
The zduhaći of a band would leave their bodies in sleep and gather at an appointed place, before flying into a battle. They used various weapons, such as spindles, beech buds, sharp splinters, leaves, stalks of straw, fluff, flakes, sand, long twigs, cornel stones, pine cones, eggshells, and other light objects. As believed in Herzegovina, zduhaći uprooted gigantic firs and oaks and fought with them. However, the most powerful zduhać weapon was held to be a stick of luč (resinous wood burned to give light or used as kindling) charred at both ends, or any charred splinter of wood. A zduhać who was hit with this weapon would surely die. People therefore avoided igniting the sticks at both ends, and they took care that no splinters were left half-burned.

Здухач (серб. здухаћ, ветрогоња, вједогоња, вјетровњак, облачар, градобранитељ, виловити, змајевити) — по сербским и черногорским поверьям, человек или животное с демоническими свойствами, обладающие способностью бороться с непогодой, защищать свои угодья от нападения других атмосферных демонов. Сверхъестественные способности здухача проявляются, только когда он спит.
Здухачи зарегистрированы в Черногории, Восточной Герцеговине, части Боснии и Санджакском районе юго-западной Сербии, в восточной Сербии, Банате, Западной Болгарии и Македонии.
Во время сна из него выходит дух, который ведёт за собой ветры, гонит тучи, пригоняет и отгоняет град, сражается с другими здухачами. Он охраняет от стихийных бедствий поля и угодья своего села, рода. 3духач — чаще всего взрослый мужчина, но им может быть и ребёнок (особенно родившийся «в сорочке»), женщина и даже пастушеская собака, вол, корова, конь, баран, козёл и др. 3духач-животное защищает только стада и животных.
Бои между здухачами происходят чаще всего весной, когда дуют сильные ветры, и в долгие осенние ночи. Оружием здухача служат кизиловые прутья, веточки, соломинки, щепки, перышки, скорлупки, сосновые шишки, копны сена, обгоревшие с обеих сторон лучины и поленья, вырванные с корнем деревья, мётлы с гумна, веретена, домашняя утварь.

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