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 accompanied University of L'viv professor Ivan Denysiuk on an expedition to northwestern Polissia, collecting folklore about rusalky (river mermaids) along with wedding songs, songs of lamentation, and other folk songs.