([ʃyræˈle] /shew-ra-LE/; Cyrillic
, also spelled Shurale
in English via Russian Шурале
), is a male monster (a forest demon) in Tatar
mythology. According to legend, Şüräle lives in forests. He has long fingers, a horn on its forehead, and a woolly body. He kills his victims by luring them to a thicket and then tickling them until they die.
Şüräle closely resembles other similar characters from the folklore, such as Arçuri of the Chuvashes, Pitsen (Picen) of the Siberian Tatars and Yarımtıq of the Ural Tatars.
The great Tatar poet Ghabdulla Tuqay, inspired by the Tatar folklore, wrote a poem Şüräle which became one of the most popular and beloved poems in the whole Tatar literature. Moreover, Şüräle was Tuqay's pseudonym.
Şüräle is also the name of the first Tatar ballet by Farit Yarullin.