Slavic Mythology, monsters and gods, part 3

Slavic Mythology, monsters and gods, part 3

The list of Slavic Mythology gods and creatures...

The list of Slavic Mythology gods and creatures...

Kikimora (rus. Кикимора) — perhaps one of the most popular representative of the demons in Russian folklore, one of the household spirits. All the “unholy” children — the ones who died before baptism, cursed by their parents, etc — were believed to become kikimoras after death.

Kikimora (rus. Кикимора) — perhaps one of the most popular representative of the demons in Russian folklore, one of the household spirits. All the “unholy” children — the ones who died before baptism, cursed by their parents, etc — were believed to become kikimoras after death.

Russian Mythology: Myths and Fairy Tale Art by Howard David Johnson

Russian Mythology: Myths and Fairy Tale Art by Howard David Johnson

Gamayun, one of three prophetic birds of Russian folklore, alongside Alkonost and Sirin (painting by Viktor Vasnetsov, 1897).

Gamayun, one of three prophetic birds of Russian folklore, alongside Alkonost and Sirin (painting by Viktor Vasnetsov, 1897).

The Bolotnik in Slavic mythology is usually portrayed as a man or as an elderly man who is covered with dirt, algae and fish scales. In some legends he is said to have long arms and a tail. He would appear to people as a full-bellied, naked man with frog-like arms and buggy eyes. He does not tolerate loud noises so it is always a good practice to stay dead silent when passing through marshes. Artworkt: LynxMB

The Bolotnik in Slavic mythology is usually portrayed as a man or as an elderly man who is covered with dirt, algae and fish scales. In some legends he is said to have long arms and a tail. He would appear to people as a full-bellied, naked man with frog-like arms and buggy eyes. He does not tolerate loud noises so it is always a good practice to stay dead silent when passing through marshes. Artworkt: LynxMB

Baba yaga: In Russian folklore there are many stories of Baba Yaga, the fearsome witch with iron teeth. Whenever she appears on the scene, a wild wind begins to blow, the trees around creak and groan and leaves whirl through the air. Shrieking and wailing, a host of spirits often accompany her on her way ...

Baba yaga: In Russian folklore there are many stories of Baba Yaga, the fearsome witch with iron teeth. Whenever she appears on the scene, a wild wind begins to blow, the trees around creak and groan and leaves whirl through the air. Shrieking and wailing, a host of spirits often accompany her on her way ...

Alkonost Bird. Bird of Sorrows. Character of Russian mythology.

Alkonost Bird. Bird of Sorrows. Character of Russian mythology.

Russian Fairy tales by Kate Baylay - More here: http://katebaylay.blogspot.com/2011/05/russian-fairy-tales.html

Russian Fairy tales by Kate Baylay - More here: http://katebaylay.blogspot.com/2011/05/russian-fairy-tales.html

Snégourotchka (Russian folklore). Snegurochka or The Snow Maiden, is a character in Russian fairy tales. This character has no apparent roots in traditional Slavic mythology and customs and its first appearance in Russian folklore occurred in the 19th century. Since Soviet times, Snegurochka is also depicted as the granddaughter and helper of Ded Moroz (the Russian version of Father Christmas).

Snégourotchka (Russian folklore). Snegurochka or The Snow Maiden, is a character in Russian fairy tales. This character has no apparent roots in traditional Slavic mythology and customs and its first appearance in Russian folklore occurred in the 19th century. Since Soviet times, Snegurochka is also depicted as the granddaughter and helper of Ded Moroz (the Russian version of Father Christmas).

ALKONOST, a legendary creature from Slavian mythology, with a bird body, female head and breast.

ALKONOST, a legendary creature from Slavian mythology, with a bird body, female head and breast.

The vesna or vesnas were mythological female characters associated with youth and springtime in early Slavic mythology, particularly within Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia. Along with her male companion Vesnik, she was associated with rituals conducted in rural areas during springtime.

The vesna or vesnas were mythological female characters associated with youth and springtime in early Slavic mythology, particularly within Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia. Along with her male companion Vesnik, she was associated with rituals conducted in rural areas during springtime.

In Slavic mythology, the Zorya are the two guardian goddesses, known as the Auroras or as the Morning Star & the Evening Star. Both sisters serve the sun god Dažbog, who is in some myths described as their father. The Morning Star opens the gates to his palace each morning for the sun-chariot’s departure. At dusk, the Evening Star closes the gates once more after his return.

In Slavic mythology, the Zorya are the two guardian goddesses, known as the Auroras or as the Morning Star & the Evening Star. Both sisters serve the sun god Dažbog, who is in some myths described as their father. The Morning Star opens the gates to his palace each morning for the sun-chariot’s departure. At dusk, the Evening Star closes the gates once more after his return.

Sirin – the half-woman, half-bird creature emerging from Russian mythology, which in all its many forms most closely approximates the figure of the Muse or Inspiration, soothing, gentle and incredibly lyrical. In an enigmatic etching, "The Eternal Game," the Sirin appears in a vision before a woman playing a game of chess; following a mystical strain, the etching seems to suggest that the Sirin is the woman’s alter ego and that the game she is really playing is a game of identity.

Sirin – the half-woman, half-bird creature emerging from Russian mythology, which in all its many forms most closely approximates the figure of the Muse or Inspiration, soothing, gentle and incredibly lyrical. In an enigmatic etching, "The Eternal Game," the Sirin appears in a vision before a woman playing a game of chess; following a mystical strain, the etching seems to suggest that the Sirin is the woman’s alter ego and that the game she is really playing is a game of identity.

In Russian mythology and folklore, Sirin and Alkonost are mythological creatures with the head of a woman and the body of a bird. Sirin symbolizes sorrow, suffering and despair, while Alkonost happ…

In Russian mythology and folklore, Sirin and Alkonost are mythological creatures with the head of a woman and the body of a bird. Sirin symbolizes sorrow, suffering and despair, while Alkonost happ…

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