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Kikimora by Ink-Yami Kikimora by Ink-Yami
Kikimora (rus. Кикимора) — perhaps one of the most popular representative of the demons in russian folklore, one of the household spirits. All the "unholy" children — the ones who died before baptism, cursed by their parents, freaks — were believed to become kikimoras after death. They used to inhabit houses which would be considered unclean as well, being built upon graves or hexed. Kikimora was often pictured as an exceptionally ugly woman or girl, funny and sloppy, resembling somewhat of a pig, a dog or a duck. Being an obviously evil spirit, kikimora always created troubles in the house and loved pranking, but she could get nicer if given presents. However, sometimes kikimora would help hardworking women with their chores. 
P.S. I should mention that there are loads of very controversial facts about kikimora, and if you happen to find them somewhere, keep in mind that this description is picturing only one of the many sides of the character, the one I find nearer to the original. 

Кикимора — пожалуй, самый популярный представитель нечисти в русском фольклоре, один из домашних духов. Кикиморами становились "нечистые" дети — умершие до крещения, проклятые родителями, уродцы; место жительства выбирали соответствующее — дома над захоронениями или же с наведенной порчей. Выглядела кикимора зачастую как безобразная женщина или девушка, смешная и неряшливая, напоминающая не то свинью, не то собаку, не то утку. Будучи заведомо недобрым духом, кикимора неизменно занималась мелким членовредительством, но ее, однако, можно было задобрить подношениями или отпугнуть можжевельником. Правда, порой кикимора могла и помочь трудолюбивым хозяйкам по дому.
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kaupaint Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2018  Student General Artist
I love this interpretation of Kikimora, and i keep coming back to it! Wonderful piece, the style reminds me of Palmer Cox's "Brownies" which my father read to me as a kid.
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Ink-Yami Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018  Student General Artist
Never heard of them before, but it is wonderful how creatures with the similar traits tend to be portrayed similarly throughout the world)
Thank you for the kind words)
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saturday-arts Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2017  Student Digital Artist
The colors of this are so lovely! And I love those little details, such as the turned picture of Holy Mary. Also the gold part, that somehow calls to mind Russian icons, thus setting the theme of the entire picture.
It's great to see Slavic monsters come to life!
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nepindos Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2017
классно!
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Bari1 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 8, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I love this depiction. She looks like such a nice old lady. I always preferred to imagine Kikimora as a nice spirit that is only malicious to people who refuse their chores, much like a caring grandmother with a bit of a mean streak when kids misbehave.
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wojti2000 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Slavic mythology is sooo underrated.
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Ink-Yami Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Student General Artist
Due to the fact that the major part of it was destroyed wis pretty harsh christianisation. 
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wojti2000 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes. Unfortunately.
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BirnaAlicja Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016
I really like the golden light in your work . It is unearthly. 
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Ink-Yami Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks a lot!)
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dlambeaut Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Your kikimora version reminds me of Bilibin's.
I do love all your slavic folklore depictions. Thank you for sharing! :nod:
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Ink-Yami Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Student General Artist
It's hard to ignore the images I grew up surrounded by, that's for sure)
I'm really glad to hear that, thank you)
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Cianna200 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015
She's cute, I love Kikimora.
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Ink-Yami Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks a lot! :3
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Mohnlied Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Классная у тебя кикимора вышла, мне очень нравится :)
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Ink-Yami Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Student General Artist
Благодарю)
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Bastet-mrr Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
я кикимору себе другой представляла.. х)
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Ink-Yami Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Student General Artist
Как и сказано в постскриптуме, у кикиморы бесконечное множество противоречивых описаний. Даже то, которое взяла за основу я, можно изобразить сотней разных способов)
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EvelineaErato Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how you portrayed her! :D
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Ink-Yami Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks a lot!)
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BabaYagaga Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Poor children, that's not fair:'(((
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Ink-Yami Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Student General Artist
Alas, most folk legends were created it the tough times)
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fuchskauz Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
yay, a kikimora!:happybounce:  I love kikimoras (the ones in the swamps and that in the households) and really love your Version of it. She's so cute! Meow :3  I always want to draw my own Version of them but always get confused about their different aspects.
great work Clap 
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Ink-Yami Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks a lot! They're one of my favorites as well) 
Folklore is a very controversial thing when it comes to descriptions and facts, undoubtedly. However, it could't be different since every story comes to us altered by everyone who've been retelling it (there is even an another term for folklore in russian — oral folk art)) So don't you worry about the aspects — it is impossible to clarify them anyway :D
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