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Polish Legends, Folklore, Myths and Stories
Polish Legend : Rusalka - Polish Tree Spirit
In the folk legends of pre-Christian Poland, Slavic
water spirits called Rusalka were thought to inhabit the forests and lakes
western Poland. Rusalka were thought to be the spirits of murdered girls,
which seek to exist by drawing the energy of life from nearby living
things. At certain times of the year Rusalkas come out of the water and
sit in the branches of willlow and birch trees. Rusalka's apparently miss
the human world and want to share the company of men asking them for
bread, salt, onions, and sexual favours! Men who were seduced by her died
in her arms.
See what a Polish Rusalka might look like here.