Wednesday, July 8, 2015


"But when the Captain lifted up the icons, at once the Cossack's face completely changed: his nose grew longer and twisted to one side, his rolling eyes turned from brown to green, his lips turned blue, his chin quivered and grew pointed like a spear, a 
tusk peeped out of his mouth, a hump appeared behind his head, and the Cossack turned into an old man. "
Nikolai Gogol, A Terrible Vengeance

"As a priest intoned 'Christ has arisen' for the first time during the procession around the church, the wizards would be revealed to the holder of the egg with their backs to the altar (and complete with devilish horns)."
Elizabeth Warner, Russian Myths

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