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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    Luca Bonelli is back in!

    Recently I contacted Luca Bonelli who graciously donated his story 'Tuttabazza meets the Devil' back in 2010. He has confirmed that I can continue using his work for the project. And for this we thank him!

    the Italian story 'Tuttabazza beats the devil' was first written down in the 1960's although the story has been passed down through the generations for a long time. The story tells of a grieving and lonely violinist who meets a dangerous stranger. Mr. Bonelli has beautifully adapted to fit the European Ghost Project.

    Check it out on the Stories-page!

    Mr. Bonelli himself is a creative centipede, writing and publishing short stories as well as theatre plays and poetry. Check out the short bio on the Contributors-page or check out his own page, right here.

    Hope you enjoy as much as I did!