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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That overdetermination is what makes it possible to accept Naroditskaya's point about the provenance of all those rusalka operas even if we know that the Dnepr rusalki who inhabit Russian operas had swum over from the Danube, where they had been featured in Austrian Singspiel about Donauweibchen that Russian theatergoers knew very well--and even if we recall that women have been enticing and ruining clueless men in song and story ever since Adam and Eve.