Rusalka

Wicked Wednesday: Week 1: Enjoy reading about wicked and misunderstood creatures!

Rusalka are said to have once been the drowned spirits of women; some say they were unclean female spirits. And depending on which part of Eastern Europe you visit, determined the type of Rusalki (plural) you were met with.

Some Rusalki were described to be beautiful, voluptuous maidens while others appeared more like hollowed out cadavers with bottomless eyes. They were known to lure people into a watery grave with their sweet melodies.

Often, mixed into the Rusalki’s origin story are tales about women who committed suicide due to: becoming pregnant out of wedlock, escaping abusive relationships; drowning themselves after learning of a betrayal…and as a result their soiled spirits remained…

I like to think that these debaucherous water nymphs, who are known to sing and even emerge from the water during festivals to dance on fields, are more of a clan of parthenogenic, Amazonian water women looking to enjoy themselves. In their year-round jobs, they murder unsuspecting (and I’m sure probably very nice) men with their songs of sweet nothings. Then, on special occasions they emerge from their murky depths to participate in booze filled field dancing. Are they truly as tragic and as wicked as they appear?

Sources referred to:

Conway, D. J. Magickal, Mystical Creatures: Invite Their Powers into Your Life. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 2001. Print.

@ancientorigins. “Rusalka: The Mythical Slavic Mermaid.” Ancient Origins. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Dec. 2016.

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