Morana's Harvest Picture

The setting sun created such a glow of golden light when we were shooting, I didn't do much to this image at all. It was suggested by some who've seen this offline that I adjust her skin to look more 'normal' in the light, and I have refused, preferring it to reflect those moments of sunset.

The title comes from this abbreviation of the myth surrounding the seasons and harvests:


Morana is a Slavic goddess of nature (and later, of death). She was courted by Jarilo, the son of a thunder god, and eventually fell in love with him and they married.

Their wedding united heaven with the underworld and guaranteed abundant crops and vertility to the earth and harvests.

Later, Jarilo was unfaithful to his wife, and she kills him in retribution. Without him, their bond of nature is broken and Morana transforms into a frustrated old hag, a terrible and dangerous goddess of death, frost and upcoming winter, and eventually dies by the end of the year.

At the beginning of the next year, both she and Jarilo are born again, and the entire myth-cycle of harvests and seasons starts anew.
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