Category Archives: Russian

A Frosty Reception

Since our President-Elect is in love with Vladimir Putin and insists that everyone should constantly say “Merry Christmas,” I guess we’d better learn about Christmas in Russia, right? It might seem a little late for this, but Orthodox Christmas is … Continue reading

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Unnatural Creations

Baba Yaga: The Wild Witch of the East in Russian Fairy Tales, translated by Sibelan Forrester – This volume collects a number of stories involving the infamous Russian witch, as well as some analysis of her character. It’s a bit … Continue reading

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Recent Reading

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath, by Alan Garner – These two books take place in and around Alderley Edge in Cheshire, where Garner grew up. Twin children named Colin and Susan come to stay there, and … Continue reading

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Stark Raven Mad

Ravens appear quite frequently in mythology, from the raven that Noah sent out from the Ark that didn’t bother to come back to Odin’s messengers to a trickster figure from the Pacific Northwest. The fact that they can mimic human … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Woman

A book I recently read, James Branch Cabell’s Jurgen, contains many references to deities from various cultures, some real and some apparently original with Cabell. One figure who interested me was Sereda, the personification of Wednesday, who restores Jurgen’s youth … Continue reading

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Less Deathless Than Advertised

An interesting character I came across recently is Koschei the Deathless, a supernatural villain from Slavic folklore. Despite his name, he can be killed, but it is by no means easy. In the paradoxical-sounding “The Death of Koschei the Deathless,”, … Continue reading

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The Satanic Family Players

One curious character who shows up in at least two fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm is the Devil’s grandmother. She puts in appearances in one story called simply “The Devil and His Grandmother” (sometimes called “The Dragon and … Continue reading

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