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Forum “True Russian Ghost Story and Myths and Legends”

Peter Spall (Tuesday, October 7, 2008 21:11)

I visited Russia in 2003, and travelled through the Golden Ring by Coach after Moscow and Saint Petersburg. I visited a Village somewhere between Kostroma or Vladimir. The coach stopped next to the Villages Graveyard because of Roadworks. I looked from the Coach window and saw what I believed to be a Russian Widow covered from Head to tow in Black. It was bending down next to a Grave and was reading it. The Grave had Red roses in a Vase. I looked away for a few seconds then returned my gase. The figure had then moved and was now next to the Graveyard entrance. It was a Ghost and it was aware that I could see it, despite the others party not be able to. The Hooded figure had nothing in its deep hood. The hands rested on the Graveyard wall protectively and I saw that they were completely skeletal and Long fingered. I looked away and then back and inside the Hood a Human Skull appeared with Red eyes in the sockets. It basically grinned at me. I am used to seeing Ghosts regularly and this would not be the first. However I would like to know if anyone knows from Russian Folklore what this kind of Spirit is ? Sorry for the difficult posting but I would know whether others Russians have experienced these kinds of things?

Michael (Sunday, November 16, 2008 06:13)

I have a carved wooden chicken on a stand, hand made in Russia. It is very nicely painted and lacqured. I was told that this is a symbal that Russians use to keep evil spirits away, or to bring good luck to home. I womder if this is true and if true, would you tell me more of orgin of why item brings good luck or keeps evil away?

Vera Ivanova, Russia-IC team (Tuesday, November 18, 2008 14:44)

The tradition of placing animal figurines at home is obviously rooted in the old pagan totem beliefs. A totem animal was venerated as a power (spirit) protecting from various misfortunes caused by evil spirits. Certain animals embodied particular qualities that people wanted to attract to their life. As for the hen, it is a symbol of fertility and exuberance, probably due to its ability to lay many eggs, the egg being a symbol of life itself. So, the figurine is to bring you wealth and family happiness! Let's see if it proves true or not:)

Austin vanenko (Friday, February 11, 2011 03:35)

January-2009 to june-2010. My mom and dad broke up in bad way, dad wen't back to Ukraine and mom and I stay in russia. so i believe that all the anger and resentment that went on in that house attracted evil. now i was watching television when out of corner of my eye i see a black shadow or somthing blac go behind me. i turn around and look i find nothing, i get chill down my back so i i started praying. i dissmiss and remember i'm in gods hands. the next night my mom starts getting really angery at me for no reson. now she doesn't belive that god exist and loves us like me and dad. she is easy target for evil. so she yell at me, and i heard in a strange voice some that only the devil and minons would say: Do you realy belive in that god shit he can't save you. as she is staring right into my eyes. i start praying asking god to protect me. she leaves the room i fall asleap. now my dad is over for somthing e sleep in same room we fall asleep and we here this crazy weird screem like a screech owl but it sounded un earthly not a word was spoken between us but we knew wat had happened. too this day, i cannot explane what that was. also from time to time when i pass my moms room on the way to bathroom i would black shadows in her room of coarse she was either asleep or i was home alone. now i was fearing for my moms safty, when i here my dog bark and scrach and almost eat the back door away. so i run to the door open it and she runs in and is at my heels barking staring out the door to something, nothing out in the woods. i was spooked. the next day i told my dad every thing. i was fed up with everything thats only half of what i experianced. I then after a wile of seeing huge black shadows right infront of me and being attacked by my mom, being push by unseen things my dog being tortured and scared by something i couldn't fight. I went in every room, i said a prayer and yelled out of my house in the name of jesus christ i command you get out in every room, even out side, i felt as if the were going to tear my to peices all of the demons in that house i could see them all, god was with me he or my gardian angel was holding them back like they were little kittens tied to post not raibed lions trying to eat me. As i chased the demons and yelling my prayer. then all was still, all was calm i felt a beautiful feeling come upon me i knew they were gone and i was deep in the presince of god. i think that is to much for 14 year old to witness, but it mutured me i guess. god is loving and mercyfull,i tell my story as a testimoney to god.

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