Russian Legend & Folklore

Afanasiev, Alexander Nikolaievitch

Afanasiev, Alexander Nikolaievitch

Afanasiev, Alexander Nikolaievitch (Afanasyeu, Afanasyeff) (1826–1871) was a Russian folklorist, compiler of Russian Folktales (1855– 1863), published in eight parts ...
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Ala

Ala

Ala is in Russian mythology, daughter of Volos, god of beasts and flocks. Serge Prokofiev’s ballet Ala and Lolli (1914–1915) ...
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Alexander Nevsky

Alexander Nevsky

Alexander Nevsky (1220–1263) In Russian legend, prince-saint who defended Russia against foreign invaders. The heroic personality Alexander Nevsky, the first ...
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Aliosha Popovich

Aliosha Popovich

Aliosha Popovich (Aljosa Popovic) (11th century c.e.) In Russian legend, bogatyr (epic hero) who appears in the bylini (epic songs) ...
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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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Azadovskii, Mark Konstantinovich

Azadovskii, Mark Konstantinovich

Azadovskii, Mark Konstantinovich (1888– 1945) Russian folklorist whose expeditions in 1913–1915 took him to the Amur and Lena Rivers in ...
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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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Baldak Borisievich

Baldak Borisievich

Baldak Borisievich In Russian folklore, a hero who defeated the Turkish sultan. One day Baldak Borisievich, with 29 other young ...
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Bylina

Bylina

bylina (pl.: bylini) (true story) In medieval Russia, an oral heroic song or poem, originally sung by court minstrels and ...
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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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Firebird, The

Firebird, The

The Firebird is in Russian folklore, a magical bird with golden wings and crystal eyes. The Firebird appears in many ...
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Foma Berennikov

Foma Berennikov

Foma Berennikov is in Russian folklore, a hero who said he had killed 12 mighty heroes but in actuality had ...
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Gamayun

Gamayun

Gamayun - The Prophetess Bird The Gamayun is among the magical spirit birds of Russian lore, related to Alkonost and ...
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Kikimora

Kikimora

Kikimora The Kikimora is a female house spirit with dominion over spinning, weaving and needlework. There is not one Kikimora ...
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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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Mati-Syra-Zemlya

Mati-Syra-Zemlya

Mati-Syra-Zemlya (moist Mother Earth) In Russian mythology, earth goddess. The worship of Mati-Syra-Zemlya continued in Russia up to the eve ...
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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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Viesczy

Viesczy

Viesczy (VEETS-chee) Variation: Stryz, Vieszcy, Vieszy, Vjescey, Vji-esce A vampiric REVENANT from Russia, the viesczy is born either with a ...
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Vourdalak

Vourdalak

Vourdalak (VOUR-da-lacs) Russian vampiric lore tells of the vourdalak, a particularly evil vampire that resembles a beautiful woman and preys ...
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Vpir

Vpir

Vpir (VA-peer) Variations: Upir A vampiric spirit from Russian lore, the vpir possesses the corpse of a sorcerer or witch ...
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