Lusud-Khan – Lake Baikal Monster & Other Buryat Legends


Water Dragon Master – Lake Baikal Monster There is a myriad of mysteries to be found at Lake Baikal. One of these is the alleged presence of a mysterious lake monster long feared by locals. The native Buryat people of the region call the creature Lusud-Khan or Usan-Lobson Khan, which translate to “Water Dragon Master,” … More Lusud-Khan – Lake Baikal Monster & Other Buryat Legends

Russian Health Superstitions


Originally posted on Megan Case:
Russians have a lot of superstitions, erm, ideas, about health. Most of them are like old wives’ tales or things your grandma might have told you. On the whole they can’t hurt, but I usually find them unnecessary, and find it really irritating when a Russian scolds me like a…

Sivka-Bourka


Long ago there was an old man who had three sons. The two elder sons looked after the farm, and they liked fine clothes. But the youngest, Ivan the Fool, liked to go off into the forest to collect mushrooms, and when at home he spent most of his time sitting on the great kitchen … More Sivka-Bourka

The Magical Kingdom of Russian Folklore – Part Two


7) Ivan the Fool is usually the youngest son of a peasant family. He doesn’t think before acting, and often does things randomly. Other people don’t take him seriously – at best they treat him like a fool, and at worst they push him around. Ivan the Fool doesn’t like work; he can’t manage even … More The Magical Kingdom of Russian Folklore – Part Two

The Tale of Ivan Tsarevich, the Firebird, and the Gray Wolf


Once upon a time in a far away land, there lived a mighty tsar. The pride of the tsar’s kingdom was a magnificent orchard, second to none. However every night a firebird, with golden feathers and eyes like crystal, would swoop down on the tsar’s favorite apple tree, and fly off with a few golden … More The Tale of Ivan Tsarevich, the Firebird, and the Gray Wolf

The Story of Babushka


Once in a small Russian town, there lived a women called Babushka. Babushka always had work to do sweeping, polishing, dusting and cleaning. Her house was the best kept, most tidy house in the whole village. Her garden was beautiful and her cooking was wonderful. One evening she was busy dusting and cleaning, so busy … More The Story of Babushka