coachman legends In Hungarian folklore, a series of tales around the figure of a coachman endowed with supernatural knowledge and powers. Often the coachman is in the service of some country squire, and there is a younger coachman who wishes to discover how the older man can perform all of his duties seemingly without doing any work. The younger coachman often achieves the knowledge by performing some magical rite or is told the secret by the older coachman, who cannot die unless he passes on his knowledge. The older coachman’s powers are ascribed to an evil spirit with whom he has had contact.
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