Title: A Study of Rusalki – Slavic Mermaids of Eastern Europe (Spirits and Creatures Series #2)
Author: Ronesa Aveela
Seductive. Beautiful. Dangerous!
Or are they innocent and looking for love? Discover the allure of Slavic mermaids – Rusalki.
If Henry Wadsworth Longfellow had grown up in Eastern Europe, his soul would have longed for the secrets of the rivers, lakes, and marshes, rather than the sea. And the pale, beautiful maidens residing there would have been the ones who sent “a thrilling pulse” through him, instead of the heart of the great ocean.
And who are these lovely maidens? … Rusalki, a Slavic version of mermaids.
If only the modern-day Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” had been born one of them. She would already have had legs, and not a fish tail, and wouldn’t have had to give up her voice! Well, maybe.
It’s more than legs that makes the Rusalki different from what you know about mermaids.
· Discover their origins.
· Learn how to protect yourself from their enchantments.
· Read about terrifying encounters.
Through folklore, literature, music, videos, and illustrations, you’ll uncover the secrets of these spirits who have haunted Eastern Europe for centuries.
The “Spirits and Creatures” series has been called “brilliant,” “fascinating,” “well researched,” “humorous,” “intriguing,” “engaging,” “lyrically written,” “beautifully organized,” and “informative.” It’s the perfect book for those who want to learn about Eastern European folklore, but don’t want to read a dry, academic book.
This was an interesting read.
While doing my own paranormal studies, I’ve come across the idea of Rusalkis in passing but I’ve never learned so much about them. The idea that this one creature can have so many different ideas weaving together the folklore is fascinating. Every culture seems to have their own explanation for what creates one of these tortured souls and everything that they are capable of doing.
I would recommend this book for people interested in learning about folklore/mythology.