is a vast land filled with ancient forests, eternal steppes and the
largest pockets of wilderness in the world. Its in these pockets of
wilderness that the many diverse peoples with their many unique fairy
tales live. So while most of us think of Slavic Russian Fairy tales
when we discuss the old stories of Russia there is so much more. The
Ugric peoples which make up the last surviving pagan traditions of
Europe live in Russia. The Altaic people's from whom the Japanese
language is decended live here also as do dozens of isolated and unique
peoples found no where else on earth. So its through the fairy tales of
Russia/Siberia that we can gain a better understanding of all the tales
of the world.
THE FIEND A
girl meets a stranger at a party, he is kind to her and all the guests
and they soon fall in love, and that is when the trouble begins. A dark
russian folk tale of cannabalism, death and rebirth.
THE BABA YAGA A
girls wicked step mother is related to Baba Yaga, and the mother sends
her step daughter to be eaten by her aunt Baba Yaga. A Russian folktale
which introduces Baba Yaga as an aristocratic figure with servents, a
dark fairy tale of cannabalism, as will as of aid through friends and
THE SOLDIER AND THE VAMPIRE A
weird sort of vampire which steals its blood as a human would not for
food but out of anger and spite. The soldier must defeat this dark
THE FOOL AND THE BIRCH-TREE A
foolish brother sells his ox to a tree, thinking that the tree is
speaking to him, as is usual in such stories his brothers make fun of
him and the fool ends up with a great wealth.
The Brothers Frost I
love how playful the frost fairies come across in this fairy tale.
There is a tendancy in Russian stories to depict them as dour, but in
this story they skip through the forest and plan their mischief.
The Shepherd's Flute A
sheepherd is so good at playing a flute that those who hear it must
dance. A skill he uses to get revenge on an employer who mistreated him.
The Bear and the Man Similar
to a number of other European fairy tales in which a man tricks a
creature by offering them all the tops of turnips and roots or rye. The
difference is that as with Asian fairy tales this fairy tale depicts an
animal rather then a troll or devil.
The Girl in the Well This story depicts a girl who enters an alternative world at the bottom of a well where she works hard and earns her fortune.