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about this book
Notes on Ukrainian Demonology is a great starting point for anyone, who is interested in the darker side of ancient folklore. The book features the most popular Ukrainian other-worldly beings (chort, mrets, rusalka, zmiy, pereverten, etc.) and compares them with the supernatural beings of other cultures.
This book is for you if you want to know:
- What witches of different cultures use in their ointment in order to fly.
- Why and when mertsi (cf. walking or living dead) would visit humans.
- How to protect yourself against the gorgeous and at the same time malicious rusalky.
- What exams a student-witch must pass to become a learned witch.
- What inventions the Ukrainian chort (cf. devil) is famous for.
- How one can catch a witch.
- What animals and plants can protect you against evil forces.
Originally, the author, Ukrainian folklorist and ethnographer, Vasyl Myloradovych (1846-1911), published the materials included in this book as separate articles at the end of 19th – early 20th centuries. In our publication, these articles are published as four chapters: “Mertsi” (cf. walking or living dead), “Rusalky” (cf. water nymphs or sirens), “Chorty” (cf. devils) and “Witches”. Along with these central characters of Ukrainian demonology, Vasyl Myloradovych mentions many other supernatural beings.
Our edition is the first English translation of the publication.
ABOUT THE SERIES:
Sova Books’ Ukrainian Scholar Library offers works written by Ukrainian scholars on various subjects. Be it History, Folk Music and Lore, Literary Studies, Religion or Politics – these subjects and hopefully more with time, will be covered in the series. The works come from different centuries and most have Ukraine as their main or starting point of discussion. Whether you are a scholar or not, you may find the answers you are looking for in these books.