Uylak in Turkic mythology, (Azerbaijanese: ''Uylax'') is a male or female witch or spirit.
They are thought to be people connected to the Devil, and are capable of harming other human beings by sending illnesses, killing cattle, spoiling a harvest, etc... The word was also used as an insult. An Uylak can turn into any animal or any object. He is capable of shapeshifting into a horse, a moth, or a wolf. He is also resistant to Archura's enchantments.
It stops the people on desolate roads and infested with them.〔Yusufeli Belediyesi, Halk İnanışları Sözlüğü - ("Uylak" )〕
The term Uylak comes from Turkish verb Uylamak (means to insist, to urge, to pester) and Oyalamak (to delay). The term Uylak can be translated as "diversionary" in English.
* List of Turkic mythological figures
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