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Kikimora

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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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vas-mpeks's avatar
I have always thought that kikimora is a swamp creature.
bhut's avatar
Is it an imp of some sort?
InkYami's avatar
In a way, if you think of earlier germanic mythology, where it's more of a mischievous creature. Thanks to the christianization imps are usually seen as devil-demon-evil beings, but kikimora doesn't have such a negative role in our folklore.
bhut's avatar
Thank you for the explanation 
InkYami's avatar
Thank you for your interest)
kaupaint's avatar
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.
InkYami's avatar
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)
saturday-arts's avatar
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!
nepindos's avatar
классно!
Bari1's avatar
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.
wojti2000's avatar
Slavic mythology is sooo underrated.
InkYami's avatar
Due to the fact that the major part of it was destroyed wis pretty harsh christianisation. 
wojti2000's avatar
Yes. Unfortunately.
BirnaAlicja's avatar
I really like the golden light in your work . It is unearthly. 
InkYami's avatar
Thanks a lot!)
dlambeaut's avatar
Your kikimora version reminds me of Bilibin's.
I do love all your slavic folklore depictions. Thank you for sharing! :nod:
InkYami's avatar
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)
Cianna200's avatar
She's cute, I love Kikimora.
InkYami's avatar
Thanks a lot! :3
Mohnlied's avatar
Классная у тебя кикимора вышла, мне очень нравится :)
InkYami's avatar
Благодарю)
Bastet-mrr's avatar
я кикимору себе другой представляла.. х)
InkYami's avatar
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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I like how you portrayed her! :D
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