Pereslavl, Russia – a unique private museum of Slavic Mythology and Fairy Tales is located near the old city of Pereslavl -Zalesskij, 100 km to the north from Moscow. The exhibition presents a combination of visual, text, design and interior features, as well wax statues of some of traditional Russian/Slavic spirits and evil/good deities.
Unfortunately there is still no official museum dedicated to pre-Christian culture of Slavs here, probably because of aggressive position of the Church towards this topic. This museum in some cases looks too DIY, but you can notice how much love and skills were put in the creation of it. You will now engage in our virtual museum tour with us! h/t (Ivan Svarozic)
Sirin – the dark bird, messenger of the underworld
Chort and Vij – traditional Russian demons
Chernobog – the evil god
Jarilo – god of vegetation, fertility and springtime.
Perun – the Thunder god, patron of army. the highest god of the Slavic pantheon
Marena – the goddess of death and winter
Veles – the god of cattle and animals
Stribog – the wind god
Mokosh – goddess of women’s destiny, harvest, child birth and traditional crafts
Dazhdbog – the Sun god
Lada – the goddess of spring, beauty and marriage
Svarog – the blacksmith god and the father of Dazhdbog
Koshej the Deathless a traditional antagonist in Russian tales
Zmij-Gorynych – traditional Russian dragon with three (or more) heads
Poludnitsa – the solar spirit of midday, causing heatstrokes and neck aches to those who was working at the midday
Kikimora – the bad spirit creating minor household troubles as well as sleep paralysis
Liho – the embodiment of evil fate
Leshij – the spirit of the woods
Museums entrance and exterior
Rune stone with a tale in the house yard
To the left you go – will fill your belly!
To the right you go – the feast you will find!
Straight you go – to the fairy tale you will get