Mystical Slavic creatures from the fairy-tales

    All the fairy-tale characters are often not fictional characters. Most often writers as prototypes take mystical and magical creatures from ancient legends and myths.

    The most amounts of myths about the creatures were in an ancient Slavic mythology. The most unusual, mystical stories and narratives about people and animals that transformed into different creatures, both good and evil, come in a modern literature and cinematography from the Slavic culture. We offer you to get acquainted with the most interesting and mysterious stories about Slavic magical creatures.




    Faraonka – is a creature that has signs of the two sexes, man and woman and is a spirit of the water and the prototype of the Slavic mermaid. It represents like half men – half fish. According to Russian and Ukrainian folklore these mythical creatures are descended from drowning in the Black Sea Egyptians who pursued the biblical characters - Moses and the Jews. Their horses, which organized the chase turned into a sea horses.



    There is a legend that Faraonka is the creature that is under the charms that attached to the ships that are passing by and asks the passengers of a ship, “When the day of judgment is?” If you do not answer to Faraonka, they do not fall behind. Interest of the sea creatures about the end of the world lays in the legend about Faraonka. This legend says that they will stay in a form of the sea creature till the end of the world.

Nightingale the Robber



    Nightingale the Robber is the character of the East Slavic mythology, which is mortifying every person, man woman or a child who stands on his way using his wild loud whistle. A mythical creature always is portrayed as a humanoid or a monster with the bird wings. In the epics tell that this creature under the charms of the witch and it has a well-protected tower where his family lives. The image of a mythical creature in Russia and Ukraine symbolized the enemy forces of that ancient period. According to the legend, the Nightingale was defeated by the hero Ilya Muromets.

Zmey Gorynych



    Zmey Gorynych is a fairy-tale image of a fire-breathing dragon with several heads in the Russian epics. He lives in the mountains near the river of the fire and guards the bridge over which the dead souls enter the underworld. In Russian epics it said that the dragon hunt for beautiful girls to eat them and to keep the people in fear.



    The legend of the hero Dobrynya says that he kills the cubs of the monsters that have nothing to do with the awesome views of Gorynych and similar to conventional vipers. The Dragon is ministering to the other mythological character - Koschei Immortal. The sculpture of the fantasy creature was erected in 2000 in Petrozavodsk. Slavic Three-headed dragon is a kind of Cerberus ministering to the Devil.

The Fright



    The Fright - is a mythical female creature that got under the charms of the very old dark warlock. The creature lives in the houses and brings harm to the owners. According to the legends the Fright choose the houses, where people committed a suicide, a child died or a dead spirit was not released with the special Slavic ritual. It is believed that the Fright is the wife of the Goblin.



    The mythical creature is very ugly and looks like a dwarf with non-proportional forms of the head and a body. According to popular belief this creature lives in the attic, under the floors and even in non-residential houses. While the Fright is in the house people can’t feel themselves free and comfortable as the Fright disturbs with rustling and weeping, and may even break the dishes.

Baba Yaga



    Baba Yaga - is one of the fantastic characters of the Russian folk tales and of Slavic mythology. She is depicted as an ugly old woman, a witch, possessing magical abilities, mystical charms and magical objects. Baba Yaga also was a Yuletide ritual character for the ancient Slavs. In folklore it is credited with a penchant for cannibalism, especially small children.



    A mythical creature referred to the world of the dead and the world of the living. The modern interpretation of Baba Yaga is using powerful charms and she is the mistress of the forest and wild animals, as well as the guardian of the realm of the dead. It is believed that her leg bone is a guide to the world of the dead. Baba - Yaga lives alone in the woods. Her home is a hut standing on the chicken legs. Magic house admits only those whom he will.




    Alkonost - is a bird of paradise enchanted with special charms, having the head of a young girl and hands in the form of a bird's wings. Its image goes back to the myth of Alkyon girl that the gods transformed into a bird. Ancient Greek myth is interwoven with Slavic legend about the bird named Sirin. Often these two creatures are depicted together. According to the legend, the bird of paradise carries the eggs in the deep sea. After 7 days, the eggs float on the sea and the water stay calm.



    Alkonost picks up the eggs and incubates them ashore. The singing of the paradise bird charms and makes people forget about everything around. According to the popular belief, during the Apple Fest, the birds are coming into the garden in the morning. Syrian crying and her tears fall on the fruits in the form of dew. Alkonost laughs and smacks tears from the apples with her wings. After that, all the fruits of the apple trees have healing powers.


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