Koschei the Deathless Picture

part of an educational project - "Slavic mythology and folklore"

In Slavic folklore, Koschei also known as Koschei the Immortal or Koschei the Deathless is an archetypal male antagonist,
described mainly as abducting the hero's wife. represented as a very old and ugly-looking man or implying a skeletal
Koschei cannot be killed by conventional means targeting his body. His soul (or death) is hidden separate from his body
inside a needle, which is in an egg, which is in a duck, which is in a hare, which is in an iron chest (sometimes the chest
is crystal and/or gold), which is buried under a green oak tree, which is on the island of Buyan in the ocean. As long as
his soul is safe, he cannot die. If the chest is dug up and opened, the hare will bolt away; if it is killed, the duck will
emerge and try to fly off. Anyone possessing the egg has Koschei in their power. He begins to weaken, becomes sick, and
immediately loses the use of his magic. If the egg is tossed about, he likewise is flung around against his will. If the
egg or needle is broken (in some tales, this must be done by specifically breaking it against Koschei's forehead), Koschei
will die.

... and still important detail - usually Koschei himself is wont to turn into a crow

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