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.


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    for those of you wondering who these guys are at the top, here's the list:

    First is Boruta in the cellars of the King's castle at Leszny. He is a Polish demon associated with everything negative in terms of hunting and forests. For some reason he is always depicted as a leprechaun on top of a wine barrel.

    Second is the Phoenix, from Greek mythology, rising from the ashes as a bird of flames.

    Third is the wolves pursuing the Sun and Moon, as taken from Norse mythology. It represents one of the key stages of the Ragnarok or Final Faith of the Gods.

    Fourth and last is, of course, Achilles dragging the lifeless body of Hector back to his camp. This scene is one of the most famous and important stages in the Troy War of Homer's Illiad.

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