In this post I hope to show you more about the Slavic Mythology. It is I dare say to be one of one of my favorites do to the beauty of the folklore and the beautiful creatures known as the Samodiva.
The Samodiva are described in Slavic Folklore as woodland spirits who appear as tall, blonde maidens with long hair and pale skin. Though theyare said to possess wings, it is the garments made of feathers that they wear that gives them the power of flight, but one should not underestimate these woodland spirits just because of their beauty. Some say that these maidens could also transforms into bird-like monsters into order to fling fire at their foes and were capable of bringing upon drought as well as death to cattle via high fever.
Living in the deepest parts of the forests, the Samodiva would come out at night to cure damaged plants and injured animals. Many accredit their healing prowess to vast knowledge to herbs and if one were to perhaps eavesdrop on these spirits they many gain the knowledge for themselves, but by no means is it a good idea to approach one of these creatures in plain sight-as those seen by them are often never seen by any other living thing again!
They enjoy toying with human men, often seducing them through dance, only to turn them into some sort of wild animal [usually a wolf, boar etc.] and sometimes even a stone. Some Samodiva might even go as far as to kiss the wandering traveler, which will cause their victim to completely forget everything except their new-found love for the fairy, sometimes giving them small parts of their hair or clothes which were said to be the source of the power, in order to increase their control. While entranced the Samodiva would drain their energy, letting them be on their way after they were done. But the desire for the creature would eventually overwhelm them, causing them to die of a broken hear. Luckily their curse could be staved off if they shared true love with another. As for women, the Samodiva would often kidnap them by leading them away into the forest or simply dance with them until they become exhausted. Dancing and singing were what the Samodiva seemed to admire the most, and they were quite skilled at both. Flowers would sprout where ever their feet would touched the forest floor, but the act of singing was often paired with the act of washing clothes; which the Samodiva did in nearby rivers and lakes. It was during this time that daring men would try to capture these creatures; or rather their clothes. If a man were to steal the clothes of a Samodiva, she would become his wife, but having a fairy for a wife is simply a bad idea or a Samodiva Fairy as a wife.. There may be other fairies that would been much better as a wife, but it still would not be really that good of an idea. In my opinion you should not mix the two unless you comment to living in their world and their rules, Which in my opinion would be great place to be -Someday to live-In fairyland-Something to thing about...