Torlaci imaju veze sa romanizovanim, ilirskim, vlaškim ili stanovništvom trakije, dasije
Torlaks (Торлаци, Torlaci) is a name for Slavic inhabitants of south-eastern Serbia and northern Macedonia who speak the Torlakian dialect.
name Torlak derived from the South Slavic word "tor" ("sheepfold" in English),
The Torlak population also includes three distinctive ethnic groups - Gorani in Kosovo and Macedonia, Janjevs in Kosovo, and the Krashovani in Romania.
Therefore, both, Serbs and Bulgarians, considered local Slavs as part of their own people, while local population was also divided between sympathy for Serbs and sympathy for Bulgarians
majority of native Torlakian Slavic population of Pirot did not had either Serb or Bulgarian national consciousness - in ethnic sense
Unlike the majority of local Torlakian Slavs, the small part of them adopted Serb or Bulgarian national consciousness.