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THOSE WHO HAUNT THE EARTH: RUSALKA

According to Slavic folklore, a rusalka is the spirit of a young women who was murdered in or close to a lake or river. They appear as beautiful young women with bright green eyes who try to lure men and children into the water, where they will drown them. Their shrill laughter is known to be deadly to humans. A rusalka can leave the water at night to sing in trees or join other rusalki to dance in the local meadows, but she cannot live long on dry land. However, rusalki are kept safe with magical combs, which give them the power to conjure water when they need it. According to some legends, should a rusalka’s hair dry out, she will die. A rusalka’s fate can also be undone by avenging her death.

In Slavic mythology a rusalka is a female ghost, water nymph, succubus, or mermaid-like demon that dwelt in a waterway.

According to most traditions, the rusalki were fish-women, who lived at the bottom of rivers. In the middle of the night, they would walk out to the bank and dance in meadows. If they saw handsome men, they would fascinate them with songs and dancing, mesmerize them, then lead them away to the river floor to their death.

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RUSALKA

[noun]

Slavic mythology: (plural: rusalki or rusalky) a female ghost, water nymph, succubus, or mermaid-like demon that dwelt in a waterway. According to most traditions, the rusalki were fish-women, who lived at the bottom of rivers. In the middle of the night, they would walk out to the bank and dance in meadows. If they saw handsome men, they would fascinate them with songs and dancing, mesmerise them, then lead them away to the river floor to their death.

[Matthew DeMino]

THOSE WHO HAUNT THE EARTH: STRZYGA

A strzyga is a female demon in Slavic folklore. They are born to human parents, possessing two souls in a single body and are identifiable by their double hearts and sets of teeth. When a strzyga was recognized, it was chased away from the community, usually resulting in early death. One soul passes on, but the second remains with the body. After the strzyga’s corpse returns to life, it begins to prey on other living creatures. They hunt at night in the form of an owl, attacking travelers and those who wander into the woods, consuming their prey’s blood and internal organs. A strzyga could also be satisfied with animal blood, but only for a short period of time. When a person recognized as a strzyga dies, decapitating the corpse and burying its head separate from the body was believed to prevent the strzyga from returning to life; burying the body face down with a sickle around its head was said to work as well.

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Rodzanice / Narecznice / Rojenice / Sudice / Sudičky / Suđaje are the “Fates” from the Slavic mythology, often depicted as three sisters. They share many similarities with the Greek myth of the Moirai.

Rodzanice were caring for the pregnant women, protecting them from the evil forces, and appearing at the newborns’ cradles to designate their fate. They were approaching the household at the midnight, 3 days after the child’s birth, and as the visit was meant to designate the child’s destiny, the household was carefully tidied up and prepared to welcome the sisters of Fate. A feast was thrown, food was given generously to every guest who appeared at that night and the child was dressed in white linen clothes, symbolizing purity. Rodzanice were also appearing at every important event of the human life, such as the first haircut (when the child’s cut hair was offered to them) or the wedding, when they were also given offerings to ensure the continuity of the good fortune. Similar to the Moirai, one of them was believed to cut the ‘life-thread’ when the human’s fate was going to end.

After the process of Christinization they were replaced by the notion of the caring/protecting/observing angels.

[gifs from: “Słowiańska krew”]

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Sword Photography - The Triglav Project

  • Photographer and Copyright: Jacek Gajak 
  • Theme: Projekt Trzyglów

The name of the projects is given by “Triglav”, meaning “three headed” also sometimes called “troglav”, a deity in Slavic mythology. Triglav is depicted as representation of three major Slavic gods that vary from one Slavic tribe to others that serve as the representatives of the above mentioned realms. 

Triglav is depicted as a three-headed man sometimes with bands of (gold) blindfolds over his eyes, or a man with three goat heads. Several temples dedicated to Triglav existed near present-day Szczecin, Poland. During the period of Christianization, these temples and statues of Triglav were completely destroyed.

Source: Copyright © 2013 Jacek Gajak (Jotgie Studio)

Slavic mythology: Morana, the Goddess of Death and Winter

All things must die and she provides their endings. When the time comes, she crushes the soft petals of blooming flowers and infects them with decay. She breathes frost into their green veins and watches them wither under the weight of her ice. Everything dies and she is the end. She is the winter whiteness and the chill of the December darkness. Her beauty is black, her touch fatal. And she is necessary, for without her to remind us of it, life would not be truly appeciated. She is death, yet she gives life wings. She is Morana, the Goddess of Death and Winter.

"Perun" by Andrei Klimenko

Often compared to Thor of the Norse mythological world, Perun was considered the highest of all gods and was one of Svarog’s three sons. Perun was seen to be the creator and master of rain, lightning, and thunder (and anything that had to do with hurricanes and storms), Perun’s name is even based off the old Indo-European root “parg” meaning ‘to strike’, much like lightning would. In fact, the Polish word for ‘thunderbolt’ is Piorun. He possessed the ability to shoot lightning strikes from a bow as well as create storms to aid farmworkers.

As well as being associated with weather, he is known for his attribution to war, believed to be a fearsome and unforgiving god who through his leadership of the military maintained order in the world. During times of war or hardship, the ancient Slavic people looked towards Perun, who they sought to punish their enemies or grant life and fertility to them through rain.

It is said Perun was born to the Mother Sva (or the goddess Lada), after she consumed a Pike fish containing an embodiment of Rod, the creator god. The Book of Kolyady contains possibly one of the only known myths on the birth of Perun:

                              “The sky rings with thunder,
                          Then the clouds shined with lightning
                   And he appeared into existence, as if by lightning
                         The son of Svarog, Perun the Thunderer!”

Strzyga by unka on Digart

A strzyga, rarely in male form strzygoń or strzigůń (also called стржига [strzhyga] and strziga), is a female Slavic demon. People who were born with two hearts and two souls and two sets of teeth (second one barely visible) were believed to be strzygas. Furthermore a newborn child with already developed teeth was also believed to surely become one. When strzyga was recognized it was chased away from human habitat. Strzygas usually were dying at young age, but only one soul gets passed on, and the other soul caused the deceased strzyga to come alive and prey upon other living beings. Those undead creatures fly at night in a form of an owl and attack night-time travelers and people who simply wander off into the woods at night, sucking out their blood and eating out their insides. Strzyga could also be satisfied with animal blood, for a short period of time. When person recognized as strzyga dies decapitating the corpse and burying the head separate from the rest of the body is said to prevent strzyga from rising back from the dead, but burying the body face down with a sickle around its head is said to work as well.
In the times of epidemic sick people were buried alive. Some of them made their way out of grave with bare hands. Wandering around forests, weak and with bloody hands and torn-off fingernails. Those people were believed to be strzygas as well.

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mythology meme ┘ one mythology: slavic

Unlike Greek, Indian or Egyptian mythology, there are no first-hand records for the study of Slavic mythology — it has not been proven that the Slavs had any sort of writing system before 826; therefore all their original religious beliefs and traditions were likely passed down oraly over generations, and basically forgotten over the centuries following their rapid conversion into Christianity. Old Slavic religion evolved over more than a thousand years, the Earth was worshipped as Mat Zemlya and there were no temples; rituals were performed in nature.

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women of mythology - rusalka


water spirits of the north, they haunt. wee babes unblessed and born out of wedlock, girls and women taken from the the world violently by the hands of men, heartbroken souls who can not go on. cold water fills their lungs and steal their lives away, but they remain tied to this world and the waters where they drowned. the rusalka.

with enchanting voices they sing along the river banks, hair like wet ropes hanging about their shoulders. climbing the trees close by to spot their victims and sing the prettiest of songs, drawing foolish passersby into their trap, forever trying to avenge their own untimely demise. they lure men to their deaths, taking them into the waters where their own lives were snatched. never finding peace, they sing for eternity. rusalka.

The Alkonost is, according to Russian folklore, a creature with the body of a bird but the head of a beautiful woman. It makes sounds that are amazingly beautiful, and those who hear these sounds forget everything they know and want nothing more ever again, rather like the sirens of Greek myth. The alkonost lays her eggs on a beach and then rolls them into the sea. When the alkonost’s eggs hatch, a thunderstorm sets in and the sea becomes so rough that it is untravelable. The name of the alkonost came from a Greek demigoddess whose name was Alcyone. In Greek mythology, Alcyone was transformed by the gods into a kingfisher.

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