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One of the many types of Russian Monsters which act as female vampire like creatures, however unlike a vampire which was made the strzyga was born from humans. Those born with two hearts, two souls, and a second barely visible set of teeth were the strzgas or in truth any child born with fully formed teeth would become one. When the Strzyga dies only one of its souls passes on, the other remains behind to haunt the living. 
Strzyga can take the form of an owl to fly out at night and attack travelers or those who are wondering the woods at night, sucking their blood and eating their internal organs. When a person who is believed to be a strzyga dies their head is cut off or they are buried with a sickle around their head which is buried face down.
It should be noted that there are strong remnants in Russia’s belief system in the idea that people had more than one soul, not just a few, but all people. They sing of the soul staying behind on earth, of it growing into trees but also of it flying off in the form of a bird or butterfly. The Finno-Ugric People who live in Northern Russia as well as down along the Volga river in provinces such as Mari-El had clear beliefs in multiple souls inhabiting all humans. The Altaic peoples who lived to the east of Slavic Russian and occasionally invaded it (the Mongols for example) and later made up the eastern half of their empire also had clear beliefs in multiple souls. 
It’s important to note then that one of the souls of a person in what is likely ancient belief became a bird such as an owl. Although such souls are often good they do not necessarily have to be. There is a common belief that they might to harm. Even the domovoi which protects a household while attacking and stealing from the neighbors. The Strzygas were also believed to be a little like a banshee, warning (or heralding) the death of a family member. The origin of the strzyga may come from Russia’s oldest beliefs in what happened to a person on death. One soul stayed behind with the family, the protect them and or to protect nature. Such a soul like the domovoi was dualistic, causing harm to those it didn’t watch over. As the idea of two souls faded the strzyga became a unique creature which needed to be explained.

Fairies, Fairy Tales, Fairy Books


Fairies, Fairy Tales, Fairy Books