This is Jar (Yar), slavic for Spring! He is a mycotic dragon belonging to Isra. He’s inspired by slavic folklore’s Kurent, a mythological figure who chased off the lingerings of winter to make way for spring. Both hos ‘wool’ and middle set of horns are actually fungus.
Kurentovanje is one of the most ethnologically significant Slovenian carnival festivals. It is celebrated in Ptuj on Shrove Sunday in the afternoon and visited by more than 100,000 people every year. The main figure, called Kurent or Korent, wears a massive sheepskin garment and a chain with huge bells around its waist, resulting in the noise the function of which is to “chase away winter”.
Kurent (also known as korant) is the central traditional carnival
figure in this part of the world, and the most popular and widespread
traditional carnival figure in the areas of Ptujsko and Dravsko polje
and Haloze. The Ptuj carnival, called Kurentovanje, which is the largest
carnival festival in Slovenia, with a long tradition, was named after it.
The Ptuj event is designed to preserve the cultural heritage and
ethnographic tradition of the Ptuj region as well as of Slovenia.
Kurentovanje, which is one of the most important traditional events in
Slovenia and Central Europe, stems from a hundred-year-old tradition of
celebrating the Carnival in the areas of Dravsko and Ptujsko polje, and
always brings magical joy and good humour. The present day kurent stems
from folk tradition. In the old days, only unmarried men were allowed to
put on the kurent costume, while today anyone, even a woman, a married
man or a child, can wear it. The main role that kurents have today is
the preservation of carnival cultural heritage and tradition. In the
lowland as well as the mountainous part of Haloze in the Ptuj area, the
kurent’s role has always been to drive away winter by jumping from side
to side, bell-ringing and rituals, which is why they are thought to have
supernatural powers. In the country, the arrival of the kurent has
always announced the beginning of the new life which comes with the
springtime. Therefore, this creature has always been respected.