My absolute favourite cat ever. This is a manul, or pallas cat. Found in the Afghan mountains, they’re one of the oldest pure-blood cousins of our own goggies.
they look like fat balls of rage
Just gonna leave this here
Polish and polished.
“Rusałka [or Rusalka] is the Slavic counterpart of the Greek sirens and naiads. Although the Russian word rusalka is commonly translated as mermaid, they lack a fishlike tail. The nature of rusalkas varies among folk traditions, but according to ethnologist D.K. Zelenin they all share a common element: they are the restless spirits of the unclean dead. They are usually the ghosts of young women who died a violent or untimely death, perhaps by murder or suicide, and especially by drowning. Rusalkas are said to inhabit lakes and rivers. They appear as beautiful young women with long green hair and pale skin, suggesting a connection with floating weeds and days spent underwater in faint sunlight. They can be seen after dark, dancing together under the moon and calling out to young men by name, luring them to the water and drowning them. The characterization of rusalkas as both desirable and treacherous is prevalent in southern Russia, the Ukraine and Belarus, and was emphasized by 19th-century Russian authors. The best-known of the great Czech nationalist composer Antonín Dvořák”s operas is Rusalka. [Top image: Rusałki by Witold Pruszkowski]
In Sadko (Russian: Садко), a Russian medieval epic, the title character—an adventurer, merchant and gusli musician from Novgorod—lives for some time in the underwater court of the “Sea Tsar” and marries his daughter before finally returning home. The tale inspired such works as the poem “Sadko” by Alexei Tolstoy (1817–1875), the opera Sadko composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and the painting by Ilya Repin.” [Bottom image: Sadko in the Underwater Kingdom by Ilya Repin] (source)
Lobkowiczky Palac (Prague Castle)
Photo by AaronTsang
Police interrogations in Ukraine
Николай Фомин “Деревья в женских образах”
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