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Hitar Petar
Hitar Petar
or Itar Pejo (Bulgarian: Хитър Петър, Macedonian: Итар Пејо, "Sly Peter/Pejo") is a character of Bulgarian and Macedonian folklore. He is a poor village farmhand, but possesses remarkable slyness, wit and wile. He is often presented as the "typical Bulgarian" in Bulgaria and the "typical Macedonian" in Macedonia. He is the perpetual antagonist of either the rich nobles, clerics and money lenders or the "typical Ottoman" — Nasreddin, whom he always manages to outwit. He is therefore regarded as a strictly positive figure and a hero of the common folk. As a character, Hitar Petar
Hitar Petar
first appeared in the 16th–17th century, when Bulgaria was still under Ottoman rule. Tales on his deeds are present in the folklore of many regions, including Dobrudja
Dobrudja
and Thrace. It is generally thought that the original Hitar Petar
Hitar Petar
lived somewhere in present-day North-Western Bulgaria. He was introduced to literature, with Iliya Blaskov publishing several anecdotes involving him. His feats were adapted to an opera in 1967 and two comedy films, Nastradin Hodzha i Hitar Petar
Hitar Petar
of 1939 and Hitar Petar
Hitar Petar
of 1960. Hitar Petar
Hitar Petar
is similar to other characters of European and Oriental folklore, most notably Nasreddin
Nasreddin
of Islamic folklore, the German Till Eulenspiegel,[1] the Hungarian Csalóka Péter and the Jewish Hershele Ostropoler. In the Republic of Macedonia, it is thought that Itar Pejo is a native of the region of Mariovo, and a monument to the character was built in Prilep.[2] Hitar Petar Nunatak
Hitar Petar Nunatak
on Trinity Peninsula
Trinity Peninsula
in Antarctica
Antarctica
is named after the folklore character.[3] References[edit]

^ "Seven Folktales From Central Europe". University of Calgary. Retrieved 2008-09-29.  ^ "Прилеп ќе гради споменик на Итар Пејо" (in Macedonian). Дневник. Retrieved 2008-09-29.  ^ SCAR Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica

External links[edit]

"Bulgarian Operas: Hitar Petar". University of Pittsburgh Center for International Studies. Retrieved 2008-09-29.  "Хитър Петър vs. Бай Ганьо" (in Bulgarian). bTourism. Retrieved 2008-09-29. 

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