Russian Legend & Folklore

Alkonost

Alkonost

Alkonost Origin: Russian Alkonost is one of several magical Russian spirit birds. Her identity is complex and mysterious. She is ...
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Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga is in Russian folklore, a female witch who loved to roast and eat people, preferably children. She was ...
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Babushka-Lyagushka-Skakushka

Babushka-Lyagushka-Skakushka

Babushka-Lyagushka-Skakushka In Russian folklore this is “Grandmother Hopping Frog,” who lives in the Green Marsh. She is asked by Baba-Yaga ...
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Domovik

Domovik

A domovik is in Russian folklore, a household spirit that resides in every home. The domovik traditionally is the ancestral ...
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Judika Illes

Gamayun

Gamayun The Prophetess Bird Also known as: Gamaon Origin: Russia The Gamayun is among the magical spirit birds of Russian ...
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Judika Illes

Kikimora

Kikimora Also known as: Shishimora Origin: Slavic The Kikimora is a female house spirit with dominion over spinning, weaving and ...
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Leshii

Leshii

Leshii The Forest Lord Origin: Russia The Leshii, male Russian forest guardians, weep when trees are cut down. Leshii is ...
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Leshovikha

Leshovikha

Leshovikha Origin: Russia Female Leshii are called Leshovikha. Descriptions of the Leshii apply to the Leshovikha too except where gender-specific ...
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Marko the Gravedigger

Marko the Gravedigger

Marko, the Gravedigger is in Russian folklore, a monk who restored the dead to life. Marko was a gravedigger for ...
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Morozko

Morozko

Morozko Father Frost Origin: Russia Morozko is responsible for the ferocity of Russian winters. Whatever he touches with his staff ...
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Sirin

Sirin

Sirin Origin: Russia Sirin, a spirit of beauty, joy, and happiness, manifests as a bird with a woman’s face. Her ...
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The Coffin Lid

The Coffin Lid

The Coffin Lid A moujik was driving along one night with a load of pots. His horse grew tired, and ...
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The Dog and the Corpse

The Dog and the Corpse

The Dog and the Corpse A moujik went out in pursuit of game one day, and took a favorite dog ...
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The Shroud

The Shroud

The Shroud In a certain village there was a girl who was lazy and slothful, hated working, but would gossip ...
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The Soldier and the Vampire

The Soldier and the Vampire

A certain soldier was allowed to go home on furlough. Well, he walked and walked, and after a time he ...
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The Two Corpses

The Two Corpses

A soldier had obtained leave to go home on furlough -- to pray to the holy images, and to bow ...
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