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This is the seventh installment in a series of book recommendations, all of which will introduce you to kickass women from mythologies around the world, all of them written by women. All books listed had to pass the following criteria: 

  • Be written by a woman
  • Be fictional
  • Have a woman as (one of) the protagonist(s)
  • Feature Russian or Slavic mythology

This recommendation list comes on the heels of the Asian mythology rec list, because I really wanted to include Russia (which falls under both Asian and Slavic mythology), but I wanted to keep the country as a whole in one post. @kostromas (x) and @lamus-dworski (x) (x) were kind enough to take some time answering my questions.

While I mainly looked for books ft. Russian and Slavic mythologies (I used this Wiki file as a measure to determine the Slavic region), I also include a few books with other origins, such as Norway and various Eastern European countries, because I think - out of all the recommendation posts I have done and plan to do - this is the one they would fit best in. 

Please note as well that there is a lot of overlap among most of these cultures, with different versions of a character appearing in many, so some of the below classifications may be rather arbitrary (I usually go with what’s 1) listed in the summary, then see if 2) the writer specifies a culture, or if 3) readers had helpful input).

UPDATE: It’s been brought to my attention that this post could do with some clarification and additions. To start with, I’d like to address the small number of books listed under Slavic. I don’t mean to say that only the countries listed are Slavic countries. The list is as limited as it is because I found it difficult to locate books that met all the above listed criteria, and an unconscious fifth - that they be written in English. If you take out any one of those criteria, a larger pool of books would open itself up, and I encourage you to consider that as an option.

While I understand that limiting these lists to books written in or translated into English is not ideal, I also don’t think I am the right person to judge which books written in Slavic languages should be included, as I am not Slavic and don’t speak or read Slavic languages. Readers should be aware though, that reading a book featuring Slavic mythologies or cultures, which are not written by someone who identifies as Slavic, may promote a stereotypical or otherwise harmful depiction of those cultures. 

Moreover, those authors who do hail from the relevant region are more likely to be published if they don’t push the envelope too much to be acceptable for a generic Western audience. Therefore, additional reading of books on and / or featuring Slavic mythologies or cultures can aid in understanding the context of these tales. I have listed a couple of books in the honourable mentions with that in mind, and I have decided to add an asterisk (*) to all works written by an author who is confirmed as hailing from the region their work is set in. Typically, I’ve listed one or two books per author, but do check for their other writing.

Finally, I should add that I might have made a mistake in including Russia in this list. This was done because I wanted to keep the country in one post, rather than splitting it between the Asian list and this one. The Asian one was sufficiently long I didn’t want to add it there, but I might have been better off creating a completely separate list for it rather than including it here.

With the above reasons in mind, I have decided to move the Slavic section up, I have added a number of entries throughout, and expanded the resources list at the bottom.

Slavic

Russia

Other regions (not Slavic or Russian)

Undefined / speculative

Historical fiction

Comics & graphic novels

Some collected tales

Poetry

Honourable mentions

Other lists you can consult

If you have any suggestions for other Slavic and / or Russian women who deserve more attention (and a corresponding book), or which mythology should definitely be in this series, drop me a line!

Other kickass women in mythology: women in Greek mythology | women in Egyptian mythology & historywomen in Mesoamerican mythologies | women in Celtic mythologies | women in Native American mythologies | women in Asian mythologies | women in pirate lore & history

Preciso de um homem que me surpreenda como Christian Grey,
Que seja romântico como Augustus Waters,
Que seja audacioso e prenda minha atenção como Tobias ( Quatro ),
Que me ame incondicionalmente como Alex.
—  Andressa Freitas
An Open Letter to Catholics and Protestants

Could we just pause for a moment to look at the world around us? There are too many affected by poverty, war and violence. There are families who are broken or struggling to stay together. There are millions of preborn children killed in their mother’s womb with her consent. And there are new levels of sexual deviance evident around us.

The world is starving for Christ’s love.

And yet  we find ourselves content to bicker with each other, to point fingers and to regard each other condescendingly.

Do you think people are surrendering to depravity and sin because they’ve been presented with the gospel and have chosen to reject it or do you think they’ve not heard it yet? Is it not our task to spread the Good News? To be witnesses for Christ?

Doesn’t the song say “They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love”? and not “They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Squabbling and Pettiness”.

For the love of God, stop. 

We are brothers and sisters in Christ. 

We are members of HIS Body, HIS Church. We are not fully united yet but isn’t it our task to strive towards unity? Should we not focus on the things that unite us and seek God to bridge the divide between us?

And for those who think that that divide is too great, let us not forget the even greater chasm that existed between ourselves and God until Jesus redeemed us by His blood. Now it is our duty to live out the grace that we received.

For the Protestants who deny that Catholics are Christian or believe that we are woefully misled in our beliefs, please take the time to read what we do believe from our Catechism and documents and not from interpretations of what we believe.

For the Catholics who are filled with pride, I love my Church as much as the next guy but do you really think that our smug patronization of our Protestant brothers and sisters is pleasing to God? I personally am offended at that as it discredits the many Protestants who have helped me in my faith journey.

There IS someone who delights in our acrimony. 

Satan knows full well that those who need to hear the gospel are less likely to be drawn to Christ if we are busy bickering and are not authentic witnesses to the joy and hope and truth of the gospel.

It grieves me to know that Christ is grieved by our lack of unity. 

Could we not, should we not try to love as Jesus has loved us?

Donald Trump has won the US Presidential election. He will be the 45th President.

As darkness loomed over all of the United States, God-Emperor Elect Trump took to the stage to gloat over his victory over everyone who wasn’t a Christian straight white male.

“May the next 4 years be filled with the crushing of bones of minorities to be ground into a fine paste so that they may be used to paint the many statues built in my honour,” he boomed into a microphone.

“Bow down, America. My ego has not yet been satiated.” The crowd cheered in veneration. “Worship me. Worship me until you die.”

The crowd screeched until their lungs were sore and throats bleeding. They howled at the moon and yelled racial slurs in victory. The earth split open in several places and from it the smell of sulfur emerged. Hell had been unleashed and it wore a toupe.

“Bring me the constitution. I wish to devour it and replace it with my word as law,” Trump yelled.