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The Poludnitsa is the Russian spirit of midday which appears as a young beautiful women, an old hag, or a young girl at the cusp of adolescence. Like many other fairy or monstrous females in Russian Mythology wears a white dress. As the personification of sunstroke the Poludinitsa is based on a purely negative natural phenomenon. The Poludnitsa is dangerous to anyone who works in the fields during the noon hour, attacking such workers causing them heatstroke, neck aches and on occasion even insanity.  She often caries a scythe or shears and will confront those working in the fields with difficult questions or simply engage them in conversation. If anyone is rude enough to change the subject she sets for them to discuss or fails to answer one of her questions she will cut of their head with her blade or cause them to become ill. She may also appear as whirling dust clouds whipping through the fields.