Source of Nightmares

Baba Yaga is a great source of nightmares. I’ve said it before, but of all the creatures, spirits or entities out of Slavic folklore–she’s the one who freaks me out the most. Far more than any other that I know of, even Koschei isn’t nearly as frightening, not to me. Advertisements

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Ivan Bilibin – Artist

Source: Ivan Bilibin – artist inspired by Russian fairy tales and Slavic folklore Ivan Bilibin is one of my favorite artists. I love his style, and the subject matter. Fairy tales have always been a weak spot of mine (I still adore reading versions even to this day–and I’ve got 2 copies of the Brothers’ […]

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H – Hors

So now to talk about a Slavic god that there isn’t a whole lot known of. Hors. He was one of 7 mentioned in The Primary Chronicle as having statues destroyed by Vladimir the Great in Kiev when he converted to Christianity. I think it’s in the Tale of Igor’s Campaign that they call him […]

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G – Goddess in the Historical Record

Specifically – goddesses in the Slavic pagan record. (Further quantified in my research up till this time) I enjoy research…shock to no one I think at this point. Looking at traditional Slavic pantheons as they are described in contemporary sources, or at least, as close to “contemporary” as we can get…there is only one named […]

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D – Domovoi

So I’m going to talk a bit about a creature from Slavic mythology and folklore. The domovoi. It’s a household spirit. They’re small in size, masculine and often are bearded. I know that in some folklore the stories say that the domovoi can take on the appearance of the owner of the house. Traditionally, every […]

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Books

I have a few books that I got for Christmas on Slavic paganism, Russian folklore, and the like. I’m going to start reading them again (I’ve read a few already), more in depth and reviewing them here. I’ll then go through some of my articles that I’ve saved on the topics. I want to enjoy […]

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Review: “The Bathhouse at Midnight”

The Bathhouse at Midnight – W.F. Ryan. The publisher’s website is here. This is the book I have been working on for a few months. It is an excellent work that I’m extremely impressed with. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of reading through this book, even though it is a thick tome and very dense […]

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Follow-Up on the Book

Just read on this, for a bit of context. See, I got majorly sidetracked on finishing that book of mine (The Bathhouse at Midnight by W. F. Ryan). I hit a wall with university and just got busy with life. I’m now on chapter 13 and it is still as amazing as before. I’m still […]

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A – Alkonost

The alkonost is a creature half-woman and half-bird. It is beautiful and has a voice that makes the listener forget everything they hear. Usually they are portrayed in art with the sirin, another woman-bird hybrid. They live in the underworld. The part that I always find most fascinating is that when the eggs are about […]

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Christmas Gifts

I just finished my final Christmas of the year (my family has minimum 3 a year, due to all the divorces). Usually Christmas takes minimum 2 weeks, sometimes a month to get through. It’s always at least 2.5 weeks of Christmas meetings between various groups within my family though. I only had 2 Christmas’ this […]

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