Rusalka

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Rusalka

 

a mythological being among the eastern Slavic peoples, particularly the Ukrainians and southern Russians. The image of the rusalka combined features of fertility spirits (field rusalki) and water sprites (river rusalki), and notions of the “unclean” dead (drowned females in particular) and infants who died unbaptized.

REFERENCE

Zelenin, D. K. Ocherki russkoi mifologii, fasc. 1. Petrograd, 1916.
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She suggests that believers in rusalki hoped those spirits might be enjoined to bestow their "unused" fertility on needy families, flocks, and fields, and argues that young Russian girls who danced the May dances were analogized to these spirits.
She's too enchanted with watching the rusalki dance in the gloaming.
The physical perils associated with the devils, witches, and rusalki (water-nymphs) of these stories are often along the lines of a life-or-death struggle (or at least livelihood, as is the case in "The Fair at Sorochintsy"), with death at their hands clearly intended as an allegory for succumbing to the power of evil.