Monday, January 3, 2011

Russian Gods and Goddesses

Ukranian Village Folk Paintings

Maria Primachenko
Animal Wandering 1971
Flowers 1971
Animal Circus 1977
Bull 1984
Flowers 1971
Animals Visit the Lion 1962
Wild Otter Caught a Bird 1984
Peacocks in the Flowers 1971
Three Grandfathers 1984
Red Poppies 1982
The Threat of War 1986
Autumn is Coming on a Horse 1984
A Billions Years have Passed and these Monkeys Never Existed 1986
Black Creature 1936
Firebird in a Flower bed 1962
Wedding 1972
Flowers in a Vase 1965
Forest Peacock 1962
Monkey and the Glasses 1937


The Firebird is a bird of many Russian fairytales that finds the hero of the story. 
Her feathers have the ability to illuminate the vision of man. 
The size of a peacock, her feathers shine silver and gold, her wings like flames, and her eyes like crystals. 
She eats golden apples, which give her youth, beauty and immortality. 
When she sings, she heals the sick and returns sight to the blind, as a shower of pearls flow from her beak. 
The Firebird enhabits the Garden of Eden, living in a golden cage during the day, and  flying over the garden during the night, illuminating it to the brightness of a thousand lamps. 
Each year, in the Autumn, the Firebird dies, and is revived in the Spring. 
Catching her is very difficult, which is why, this tedious task was only given to the King's 3 sons.
The image of the Firebird has always meant something bright - a dream that must be earned, through suffering, without luck nor the smallest helping hand. One must catch its tail without getting burned, and hold on to succeed.
Leaving aside the arbitrary mythological explanation, one can compare the Firebird to the Phoenix, who was reborn from the ashes, and compare the rejuvenating apples, in turn, to the fruits of the pomegranate tree - the favorite delicacies of the Phoenix.

Sunday, January 2, 2011