rusalka

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rusalka

(ruːˈsælkə)
n
(European Myth & Legend) myth a water nymph or spirit
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She accompanied University of L'viv professor Ivan Denysiuk on an expedition to northwestern Polissia, collecting folklore about rusalky (river mermaids) along with wedding songs, songs of lamentation, and other folk songs.
Because it is so pungent, it was used in Ukrainian rituals, especially during the feast of Ivan Kupala--Midsummer's Night, the shortest night of the year, to keep away the nechysta syla (unclean / evil spirit) and the rusalky. Rusalky were the water nymphs who lured men into the water and tickled them to death.