The most terrifying creatures of Slavic mythology
• The most terrifying creatures of Slavic mythology
Pantheon Slavs is very rich, and only recently has modern Russian cinema began to comprehend that a huge layer of culture. From fairy tales, most of us remember the main representatives of the mythological heritage of ancestors - but who knows who actually had a friend since childhood Baba Yaga and who personified Tugarin Snake?
Nightingale the Robber
All probably remember well the tale of Elijah-Muromets and Nightingale the Robber. This character of the East Slavic philosophy is quite certain grandparent: in one of the popular prints of the robber shows a typical Polish nobleman. So the Russian people interpreted during clashes with Rzeczpospolita. Unlike many other magical creatures, from Nightingale the Robber, there are strong yard and tower, where his family lives.
The failure was the personification of many of the Slavic peoples. In Russia, the epitome of evil fate became a character dashing one-eyed: he has appeared ( "chasing") next to a man, who then began to overcome setbacks. In the annals of famously depicted in the form of a one-eyed ogress.
It's almost the main embodiment of evil in the Russian mythology. Dragon depicted on several (usually three) heads could fly, and lived generally in a sort of "Kalinov bridge" by which the departed soul passed into the realm of the dead, that is, it can be compared with the Greek Cerberus, are also protected by other world from the invasion outside.
Miracle Yudo Slavs left from even more ancient Before Slavic mythology. Modern scholars associate Miracle Yudo with marine animals from the ancient epic. The famous historian Vladimir Demin and all offers to correlate our native Miracle Yudo with Greek Gorgon Medusa. All together, the same may be common to many peoples archetypal image of the Leviathan of the Old Testament.
Most likely in the form of trash Idol Russian people portrayed Tatar hostile force - it is described as "the unbaptized," "wicked," "idol-skoropitom". Ilya Muromets in one of the epics to save Kiev, built a new belfry - for explicitly Islamic Idol church bells proved fatal.
This is one of the most complex and unusual character of Slavic mythology. In our folklore, Baba Yaga has several specific and unchanging attributes: she flies on a mortar, lives on the border of the forest in a hut on chicken legs, and her leg bone. According to Vladimir Propp, dwelling monster - a portal into the world of the dead, but she Baba Yaga is the keeper of his.
Evil hero, coming to battle against the Russian Dobrynya Nikitich and Alyosha Popovich. In the name Tugarina researchers see echoes of the struggle of the Slavs with nomadic tribes and even find historical prototype of the character - the Polovtsian Khan Tugorkana.