viktor m. vasnetsov

Gamaun, The Prophetic Bird, by Viktor M. Vasnetsov, c.1897.

The Gamayun is a bird of prophecy; having the head of a woman. The creature is prominent in Russian folklore, symbolizing wisdom and divination. She lives on an island in the east, close to the Garden of Eden. The Gamayun knows everything in the world and can predict the future. In Slavic Mythology, the creation myth was originally recanted through Gamayun’s song. Related to the Siren, the Gamayun is also able to charm humans with her voice, and is believed to be descended from Archangels.