Mother Russia. The Feminine Roots of Russia. Russia is inherently close to the earth because of its long-standing agrarian existence The personification of the land as “Mother” conveys the protective and life-giving qualities of the earth
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The Feminine Roots of Russia
The personification of the land as “Mother” conveys the protective and life-giving qualities of the earth
In the peasant tradition, all things are borne by the earth and derive from her fertility
The soil is considered sacred because it provides sustenance for the village
And the first thing she embroidered was
The shining moon and then the stars.
Then she made the beautiful sun,
The beautiful sun and the warmed clouds.
And after them the wet pine trees in the forest,
The wet pines in the forest with wild animals
And then the shining sea with its waves…
This goddess of all creation has been revealed in three figures representing the progressing life stages of a woman; the young maiden (rusalka), the mother/lover (Mother Moist Earth/Mokosh), and old wise woman (Baba Yaga)
Each aspect associated with the three figures contains all the others. For example, the old wise woman figure Baba Yaga sometimes appears as a young maiden, as represented in the figure of rusalka.
Baba Yaga helps a young prince win the competition for the kingdom. He acquires a frog-bride, who is actually an enchanted princess – the daughter of a sorceress. The King gives his kingdom to this youngest son because his bride’s abilities cannot be matched by the brides selected by the older sons.
This tale speaks to the matriarchal past. The criteria of the competition set by the king is based on the abilities of the brides, not his sons.
By analyzing the symbolic meaning of such tales, the pre-Indo-European social structure is recreated
She looked at him and shook her hair
Threw kisses, laughed
And like a child
Cried to the monk: “Come to me here….”
-Alexander Pushkin, Rusalka