I cannot bare this world without you,
But I cannot live in this world with you. (x)

In Slavic Mythology, Kupalo and Kostroma were twins, children of the gods Simargl and Kopalnica. One day, they went to the river, despite their mother’s warning, to listen songs of the mythological bird Sirin. However, the Sirin’s voice was enchanted with a spell that made people forget everything and then it took Kostroma away. She and Kupalo were separated for many years until they met again, when the girl was walking by the river with a flower crown in her hair. Wind threw her flower crown into the water and it was then caught by Kupalo, passing by on his boat. He gave it back to Kostroma and, as a tradition, that gesture meant that he was now to marry her. They fell in love without remembering each other and got married, but the gods, angered by their decision, told them the truth and because of the shame they killed themselves. Kostroma drowned herself in the river, becoming a forest mermaid and Kupalo threw himself into the fire. But the gods, seeing what their anger had done, brought them back to life, not as people but as a flower that is now called Ivan-da-Maria. In this tale it’s also mentioned that they both were made gods: Kupalo became the god of the summer sun and Kostroma, the goddess of fertility.


aidan turner and olga kurylenko as kupalo and kostroma, the tragic lovers from slavic mythology, the twins who fell in love unaware of their blood tie, the couple whose souls bloomed into flowers.

once upon a time, the myth says, there were twin brother and sister – kostroma and kupalo. separated at birth from each other, they grew until they were at a marrying age. as she was walking by the river one day, kostroma’s wreath fell from her head into the river and was accidentally picked up by her long-lost brother – kupalo. ignorant of being relatives, kostroma and kupalo fell in love and got married, since a man who picked up a girl’s wreath was bound by custom to become her husband. learning however that they were related, kostroma and kupalo drowned themselves, and the gods, feeling pity for them, turned them into flowers. those flowers later were called ivan-y-mariya.

"kostroma, kostroma
why do you love kupalo?
i love kupalo because
he has curly hair” (x)

Russians Byelorussians celebrate Kupalo, a Summer Solstice celbration, from the website EnglishRussia (via Letter from Hardscrabble Creek » Blog Archive » Celebrating a Slavic Solstice)

Edited 6/30: A tumblr member informs me that these people aren’t Russians, but Byelorussians— and yes, that’s a big deal, since Belarus has been an independent nation since the 1990s.

Still, it’s a lovely photograph.


Ветер Воды - Купала / Water Wind - Kupala

Russians used the word “kupala” to describe the bonfires they lit at the summer solstice, and recorded that some people explained the word as the name Kupulo, the harvest god.

In Slavic religion, Kupała is the goddess of herbs, sorcery, sex, and midsummer. She is also the Water Mother, associated with trees, herbs, and flowers. Her twin sister is Kostroma. Her celebration falls upon the Summer solstice in June, which is a sacred holy day honoring the two most important elements of Fire and Water.

kostromas asked:

letícia (aka litya) / 14 / it's after kostroma, the slavic goddess of fertility / i like reading, writing and taking pictures / bc i love your writing, it's pure gold / hmmm i'm addicted to fanmixes / if you were a myth creature, what would you be?

Your name is so lovely :o and thank you! Anyways, if I were a myth creature, I would be a werewolf, one of the ancient Neuri Tribe who were said to turn into wolves one day a year :}