Slavic features: what is it, the real evil?

Today, all sorts of evil is not on the TV screens, pages of books … And yet, in this stream is almost erased our classic features, Slavic vermin. So, what are they — Old Church devils?

According to Slavic beliefs, traits existed long before man, before the creation of the world. Legend, known in Volyn, tells the story of a devil who was in his evil deeds all alone the whole world. This solitude he was tired, so he asked his sister Bjelobog create. Belobog allowed demon dunk your finger in the water of life and shake off his back. From the drop was due to appear faithful companion. Greedy devil dipped his hand to the elbow. When brushed drop came by the thousand demons, who, along with their creator dropped from the sky.

Scum flew 40 days, and as soon as Belobog said "Amen", the demons forever remain there, where to hide at the moment — someone in the water, who — in the woods, who — in the mountains, and who — in human dwellings. Accordingly, the Ukrainian pantheon of demons clearly divided into types: the demons of nature (water, Treefolk, mermaids), the demons of hearth (home), human chimeras (ghouls pesigolovtsy, witches, devils), ghosts (beggars, ghosts, and other Tryasuchev).

How can you believe it — everyone has to decide for himself, but you must remember that the devil appeared and after. How so? There a lot of options. Devils can occur from each other — they are born, like people, get married, live, not die. In addition, the Slavs believed that the devils are often married with witches. Seeing the dusty whirlwind middle of the road, our ancestors believed that met demonic wedding. It was believed that if such a whirlwind to throw a knife — a tornado will disappear, and the knife blade will blood. In addition, the devils, according to popular belief, turning children who died unbaptized, and people who curse. And finally, if you dig the nest live bat, the nine days it will turn into hell.

But called devils are differing, while watching out for mention his real name — so as not to court. Instead Eat a variety of nicknames, euphemisms: undead enemy nemytik, igrets, accursed, skamenyushnik, osinavets, schezba, scheznik and others. There are an appropriate name, the essential nature of the devil in certain situations. Say hell — hell spawn, because the ruler of hell, scanty as it short tail, and more — perelesnik, wicked, unclean demon.

Appearance feature as diverse as nicknames — in the popular imagination, this impure world odious figure most often appears in the form of wool being overgrown with a tail and horns. Sometimes lines can turn into an animal, mostly in sheep, sometimes it takes the form of a fanciful creature that looks more like a monkey. Although you can find and describe the features of both a man with bat wings, or as a man of medium height, with a dog or chicken legs, a long-nosed and red-eyed.

Quite often in the description line appears limp as hell broke his leg before the creation of man, when a host of demons were cast out of heaven. However, the devil — being polymorphic and can look almost like anything. So, very often takes the form of a black devil cat (hence the expression that the quarrel between people runs a black cat, and generally these things any good animal ran across the road, does not herald), at least — a black dog, snakes, pigs, wolves, and other black animals.

May become devils and inanimate objects — in balls of thread, in a pile of hay in the stones, etc. Although there are also some limitations: the devil can not turn into a cow, for in this guise it finds any woman. Do not dare to pretend evil spirits cock — a solar bird, whose cry heralds the awakening of the sun and the beginning of a new day, and pigeons. Similarly, no one has seen the evil undead in donkey's clothing.

Devils live almost everywhere — in the old dilapidated houses, old mills, in the marshes, in the bush, elderberry, in the hollows of trees (especially fond of willow and pear) … Nest feature is sometimes considered the mistletoe. Furthermore, it may be in man.

Features can be divided into three categories. First — the old, wise devils. This not only does not harm, and may help — they teach people blacksmithing, kindle the first fire, invent vodka (although, of course, the use of a very dubious), wheel … These features create wolves, magpies, rabbits … The second category — Devils pests whose main task in every way to spoil the lives of people — in this case a fantasy they are very diverse: from small dirty tricks to drying a man to death. Finally, devils, restoring justice: for example, there is a legend that the devil makes his younger tribesmen serve three years in a poor stolen bread.

These are they — Slavic features. Heroes of old fairy tales and an integral part of the world in which our ancestors lived.

Ekaterina Kirsanova

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