Monster Challenge #19 Picture

Reposted from my tumblr at

Day 19. The prompt was Slavic mythology. I’ll admit that I really don’t know that much about Slavic mythology, which is why I went Wikipedia surfing until I crash-landed onto this spirit/monster. This is Poludnica, or the Noon-day Witch. She causes heatstroke and disorientation in the sunlight, and appears in the fields on the hottest days of the year.

I currently live in a place where it gets to be 105 Fahrenheit/40 Celsius during the height of summer, and it’s dry as hell. If you’ve never lived in a place where the heat is so palpably murderous, and where the wind blowing feels like you’ve stuck your head inside an oven, you will probably not understand why the Noon-day Witch feels like a somewhat realistic proposition.

Read the wiki article, she’s very interesting.

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