Prepare to be very afraid with Slavic Folktales

Today we are continuing our journey through the world of ‘Once Upon a Time…’ with Slavic Folklore. In some kingdom, in some land… Beyond seven mountains, beyond seven rivers… Beyond the hills, beyond the valleys there lived… This is how folktales start in Slavic languages (Russian, Ukrainian and Polish among many). They take their roots in the pagan beliefs of ancient Slavs. Water, Fire, Earth, Air are all living and magical for Slavs. Water is nurturing, fire could be both distractive and protective. Earth is the mother of things, giving birth to plants and crops. Air or wind is a listener and a messenger of wishes and thoughts. Magic is present in all the folktales, whether it’s ‘white’ ma

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