Monday, July 6, 2015


"He saw a water-nixie rise from a bed of tall reeds; she turned to him, and her face was clearly visible, and she sang a song which penetrated his soul; then she approached him and nearly reached the surface of the water, on which she burst into 
laughter and again disappeared."
 Nikolai Gogol, The Viy

"The females are described as being beautiful women above the waist and having the tail of a fish in the manner of a mermaid, but the nix usually inhabits freshwater."

"However, in the Slavic mythology of eastern Europe, the female beings are described as resembling the Siren of classical mythology, with the torso and head of a woman but the legs and wings of a birds." 
Carol Rose, Giants, Monsters and Dragons 

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