Friday, 1 November 2013

Russia



It was Halloween last night so I think this postcard, representing some of the Russian folk negative characters, is just perfect. Did you a carve a pumpkin for the last night? I did :)
Kikimora is a legendary creature, a female house spirit in Slavic mythology. When the house is in order, Kikimora looks after the chickens and housework. If not, she whistles, breaks dishes, and makes noises at night. She also comes out at night to spin.
The Leshy is a male woodland spirit  who protects wild animals and forests and tells them when to immigrate. He appears as a tall man, but is able to change his size from that of a blade of grass to a very tall tree. A person who befriends Leshy can learn the secrets of magic. 
Baba Yaga is a supernatural being who appears as a deformed and/or ferocious-looking woman. Baba Yaga flies around in a mortar, wields a pestle, and dwells deep in the forest in a hut usually described as standing on chicken legs, her fence is usually decorated with human skulls. 


I love this whale stamp quite a lot. I've seen it on many cards, but it can never get boring. Many thanks to Julia for both fantastic cards she sent me! 

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