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Illustration to the Russian epic tales


Ivan Bilibin, 1913 — Illustration to the Russian epic tales (byliny) Here is one of my favorite episodes from “byliny”: meeting of Volga, sorcerer, werewolf, brigand, adventurer etc (cheerful fellow, I know) and Mikula Selyaninovich, at first sight ordinary peasant, but IRL the folklore personification of some ancient pagan god connected with agriculture and Mother-Earth herself. (Volga of course is […]