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Rusalka

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"In Slavic mythology, a rusalka was a female ghost, water nymph, succubus or mermaid-like demon that dwelled in a waterway. According to most traditions, the rusalki were fish-women, who lived at the bottom of rivers. In the middle of the night, they would walk out to the bank and dance in meadows. If they saw handsome men, they would fascinate them with songs and dancing, mesmerise them, then lead the person away to the river floor to their death.
While her primary dwelling place was the body of water in which she died, the rusalka could come out of the water at night, climb a tree, and sit there singing songs, sit on a dock and comb her hair, or join other rusalki in circle dances in the field. Though in some versions of the myth, the eyes shine like green fire, others describe them with extremely pale and translucent skin, and no visible pupils. Her hair is sometimes depicted as green or golden, and often perpetually wet. The Rusalka could not live long on dry land, but with her comb she was always safe, for it gave her the power to conjure water when she needed it. According to some legends, should the rusalka's hair dry out, she will die."

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I love this picture
AppleSara's avatar
Sweet ! It's a pretty rusalka ! Nice work :D
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Holy crap; this was 2010, and it still holds up!
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This might be a good candidate for Draw This Again meme, too... ;D
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Hah, it would be a strong contender, considering how your style has improved between now and then, especially since 2013. :)
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Cool pose!  She looks really cute perched on that rock. Nice job on her finned ears & webbed fingers...wish you had shown her webbed toes, too ;)
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:icongollumplz:-< Our only wish, to catch a fish, so juicy SWEEEET!
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Rock and pool, is nice and cool, so juicy SWEEET!
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Oh yes we could! Spoil a nice fish... Give it to us raw and wrrriigling. You keep nasty chips.
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-Master's my friend!
>You don't HAVE any friends.
You are a liar. A thief!
-Nope.
>Murderer...
-Not anymore.
Leave now, and NEVER COME BACK!
...SEMAGOL IS FREE!!
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We told him to go away. And away he goes! Gone, gone, gone!
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:icongollumplz:- Our only wish, to catch a fish...
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WOW! Rusałka! :D It's from my country.
Your drawings have a very mystical atmosphere. I love it!
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Great job!!!
Rusalka (or, better: rusałka), is something which is still alive in my country. People don't know, what exactly rusalkas history is, but all of us know, that it is a water demon or pixie. I love finding little marks of my culture in internet. Thanks for make my day! (And sorry for my English.)
Greetings from Poland! ^^
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Rusalka (or, better: rusałka), is something which is still alive in my country. People don't know, what exactly rusalkas history is, but all of us know, that it is a water demon or pixie. I love finding little marks of my culture in internet. Thanks for making my day! (And sorry for my English.)
Greetings from Poland! ^^
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Great story! It was a good and interesting read that adds to the painting! ...But if I may offer up my own theory based on your presented mythology here... What if the reason they die when there hair drys out is because thats how long they can hold there breath or be without water. Sort of like saying if a fishes scales dry up its dead, because it suffocated right? It just so happened to be able to hold its breath the same amount of time it took the fishes scales to dry up. Pure coincidence... Not sure where im going with any of this... Just throwing that out there from a logical, and purely philosophical point of view! :3
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I love your picture!
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