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AKA: Rusalkar, Rusalki, Russalka, and Vodyanik
All over Eastern Europe, there exists a version of the Rusalka. They are most often compared to mermaids and demons. A Rusalka is said to be the ghost of a young unwed girl who was murdered near a body of water. A Rusalka’s appearance varies with each Slavic country. Some say they are beautiful creatures with glowing green eyes and long hair. Others describe them as hideous looking monsters with long claws and rotting skin. With the first accounts it says they don’t leave the body of water where they died, that they come out at night and play with their friends, the water sprites. Later on, they are said to climb trees and sing in the moonlight.
What’s so weird about it?
A Rusalka, like stated above, is the ghost of a killed woman near a body of water. They never stray far from their homes but instead sing a beautiful song to attract people to them. When their sweet voice finally does bring somewhere near to their home, they reach out and drown them. They drown them as revenge because of their own anger at their death. They don’t care who they drown, men, women, or children, so long as someone pays for their death.
What if I see one?
Rusalka are doomed to resign in the waters where they spent the last moments of their lives, unless someone avenges their death. If you avenge it, their spirit will be at rest and no more midnight drownings.