The Prophetess Bird
Also known as: Gamaon
The Gamayun is among the magical spirit birds of Russian lore, related to Alkonost and Sirin although she appears independently. She is an oracular spirit, able to impart wisdom and prophesies. She also serves as an inspiration to artists; examples include Alexander Blok’s poem, “Gamayun, Bird of Prophecy,” and painter Viktor Vasnetsov’s portrait, Gamayun: The Prophet Bird. Gamayun is a favored subject of folk art.
The Gamayun dwells in the Russian magical paradise island located to the east.
Meditate upon Gamayun’s image, using it in visualizations to obtain prophesies from her.
Manifestation: A large bird with a woman’s head
See also: Alkonost; Sirin
From the Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses – Written by Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.