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Bag-makers

Do you know the story of the brave shepherd lad Jakob who tricked the terrible dragon from Postojna Cave? What is the connection between this story and the nickname "bag-makers" that is used for people from Postojna? 

An old legend tells of a terrible dragon that once lived in Postojna Cave, and how everyone lived in fear of it. The local people called on an enterprising shepherd lad called Jakob to help them. He tricked the dragon into devouring a calf skin filled with quicklime. When the monster drank water after its meal, it exploded. To show Jakob their gratitude for his courage, the locals erected a statue of him at the entrance to the village and sewed him a bag from the remnants of the dragon's skin. Since that time the people of Postojna have been known as "bag-makers".

You can see the statue erected by the grateful locals in honour of the brave shepherd lad Jakob at the entrance to the little village of Šmihel pod Nanosom.  
Jakob the Shepherd Boy and the Dragon from Postojna Cave, illustration: Polona Pačnik
Jakob the Shepherd Boy and the Dragon from Postojna Cave, illustration: Polona Pačnik
Statue of the Postojna Cave Dragon and Jakob the Shepherd Boy. Photo: Ivan Majc
Statue of the Postojna Cave Dragon and Jakob the Shepherd Boy. Photo: Ivan Majc