The Treasure (Russian Fairy Tales) by W. R. S. RALSTON

In a certain kingdom there lived an old couple in great poverty. Sooner or later the old woman died. It was in winter, in severe and frosty weather. The old man went round to his friends and neighbors, begging them to help him to dig a grave for the old woman; but his friends and…

The Dead Mother (Russian Fairy Tales) by W. R. S. RALSTON

In a certain village there lived a husband and wife—lived happily, lovingly, peaceably. All their neighbors envied them; the sight of them gave pleasure to honest folks. Well, the mistress bore a son, but directly after it was born she died. The poor moujik moaned and wept. Above all he was in despair about the babe….

The Dead Witch (Russian Fairy Tales) by W. R. S. RALSTON

There was once an old woman who was a terrible witch, and she had a daughter and a granddaughter. The time came for the old crone to die, so she summoned her daughter and gave her these instructions: “Mind, daughter! when I’m dead, don’t you wash my body with lukewarm water; but fill a cauldron,…

Top 5 Summer Solstice and Midsummer Tales

The longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice, as well as the St. John’s Eve have passed this week and I hope you enjoyed it. Maybe you took part in some of the celebrations? Ever since prehistoric times summer solstice has been a day of great importance. Rituals and traditions have evolved in many…

ST. JOHN’S EVE by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol

ST. JOHN’S EVE A STORY TOLD BY THE SACRISTAN OF THE DIKANKA CHURCH Thoma Grigroovitch had one very strange eccentricity: to the day of his death he never liked to tell the same thing twice. There were times when, if you asked him to relate a thing afresh, he would interpolate new matter, or alter…

The Fiend (Russian Fairy Tales) by W. R. S. RALSTON

In a certain country there lived an old couple who had a daughter called Marusia (Mary). In their village it was customary to celebrate the feast of St. Andrew the First-Called (November 30). The girls used to assemble in some cottage, bake pampushki, and enjoy themselves for a whole week, or even longer. Well, the girls…