Mavka Picture

Mavka (aka niavka, navka, from Old Slavic nav ‘the dead’). A mythological female figure. The nymphs known by this term represented the souls of girls who had died unnatural deaths. They were believed to live in groups in forests, mountain caves, or sheds, which they decorated with rugs. They loved flowers, which they wore in their hair. In the spring they planted flowers in the mountains, to which they enticed young men, whom they tickled to death.
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