Myth of the Week

Rusalka (Slavic)

Chances are you know óf the Rusalka albeit not by this name or even identified as a Slavic myth! She is an evil water nymph usually represented as a beautiful young woman who appears in or around pools, small lakes and other waterways. She will tempt young farmers or fishermen to come and enter the water with her and then drown them.

Their providence is somewhat of a mystery, but connaisseurs seem to agree on the idea that they came from young women who drowned themselves after being jilted by a lover. 

Rusalka are usually represented as young, scantilly clad women with an extremely pale, almost translucent skin and green, glowing eyes. They are most dangerous in the first weeks of June. Sallant detail: in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine it was forbidden to swim during this week and the Rusalka week (early June) was still celebrated in Belarus, Russia and the Ukraine when the spirits are ritually banished, right up until the 1930's.

Source: wikipedia.org

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    Several planes of existence vs. a lowly monster

    Searching through countless myths and legends, we've been stricken by the sheer difference in the number of myths that the respective countries display. Whereas for example, the Norse mythology, have created enormous parallel universes where gods and demi-gods reside where they fight their battles or intermarry, others only have a limited number of ghosts or monsters living in trees or under rocks, looking after nature or people. We sit and wonder how come some of these peoples created such elaborate mythologies whereas others only needed a fitting explanation for natural phenomena.

    If anyone could give us some explanation to why this is, we would be very grateful.

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