Szélanya (Old Turkic: Çel Ene or Cel Ana, "Wind Mother") is the Hungarian goddess or deity of wind.[1] [2]

She is the daughter of Kayra, the primordial god.[citation needed]

Her male counterpart is Szélatya.[citation needed]

Names in various languagesEdit

  • Uzbek: Yel Ona
  • Tatar: Җил Әни or Җил Ана or Cil Ana
  • Kazakh: Жел Ана
  • Chuvash: Ҫил Анне or Ҫил Абай
  • Bashkort: Εл Апай
  • Sakha: Тыал Ий̃э
  • Turkmen: Ýel Ene or Yel Eje
  • Kyrgyz: Жел Эне
  • Khakas: Чил Ине or Чил Иӌе
  • Balkar: Джел Ана
  • Mongolian: Салхи Ээж
  • Buryat: Һалхин Эхэ
  • Oirat: Салькн Эк
  • Altay: Салкын Эне
  • Tuvan: Салгын Ава

All of them mean, "wind mother".

The Onoghurs (Huns) also worshipped her.


She is a wise, elderly woman who lives in a cave on top of a huge mountain somewhere at the end of the world. She rides the winds and creates storms and whirlwinds.

Szelanya has a Slavic version which is a nymph who has power over wind, which she delight in causing storms. She lives around hills, mountains, and high mounds.

In Hungarian and Turkic mythology, she is also believed to be female fairy-like spirit who lives in the wilderness and sometimes in the clouds.



  • Mitológiai enciklopédia I. Főszerk. Szergej Alekszandrovics Tokarjev. A magyar kiadást szerk. Hoppál Mihály. Budapest: Gondolat. 1988. ISBN 963-282-027-4 (in Hungarian)
  • Türk Mitolojisi Ansiklopedik Sözlük, Celal Beydili, Yurt Yayınevi (Page - 608) (in Turkish)

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