5A-Slavic Folklore: Tried and Died

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5A-Slavic Folklore: Tried and Died

In this story of a dangerous magician from Russian folklore, you'll learn that you should maybe believe your spouse if she says you definitely don't want to know what's behind that door in the dungeon. It's the bizarre, sad, and kind of hilarious story of Koschei the Deathless, a man who seems like a much more serious and dangerous version of the Ice King from Adventure Time. Really, if you're horrible sorcerer who's a little lonely, maybe stop kidnapping princesses and just get a cat. Or a hobby. I hear podcasting is fun?

Really, though, this is exactly the type of story I love doing on this podcast. I doubt you've heard it, but it is scary, ridiculous, and a little sad, and I hope you enjoy it.

The creature of the week is the Boo Hag, a morning breath vampire, and she's a great reason for you to chew an onion before going to bed.

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  1. Kevin August 28, 2018 at 1:23 am - Reply

    He calls her granny because “baba” is like a pet name for Grandma in Russian.

  2. Romina April 19, 2018 at 4:00 am - Reply

    Here in Central Switzerland we have a similar tale like the Boo Hag. We call it “Toggeli”. In the night, it creeps into your bedroom and sits on your chest and drains your energy. It’s a witch that turns itself into the Toggeli, not a skinwalker. People used to protect themselves by placing a pitchfork on their chest in the night so the Toggeli stabs itself, when it’s coming to choke you.

  3. The Fat Cat January 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    “Marya Morevna” was one of my absolute favorites growing up. I used to love my Dad’s rendition, who would add jokes to the familiar text.
    I must confess… this episode’s narration beats my Dad’s jokes by far! 🙂 It was so cool to hear the story again after years of not thinking about it much at all (I’m 30 now, and don’t read fairy tales as much as I should).
    I absolutely love the podcast, and it’s all I can do to pace myself and not binge-listen to every episode there is! Thank you so much!!

  4. Marina April 9, 2016 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    Just so you know, his name is pronounced more like “Kah-shey”. 🙂 last part sounds like “aye”.

    • Jason April 11, 2016 at 10:37 am - Reply

      Haha…I’ve learned I’ve pronounced both his and Baba Yaga’s names wrong. I’ll mention it in the year-end episode. Is the stress on the first or second syllable (i.e. is it KAH-shey or kah-SHEY)? And would you say the second syllable like shea in shea butter?

      • Marina Baker April 18, 2016 at 10:34 am - Reply

        The stress is on the second syllable and yeah, just like shea butter! Hehe. Love this episode. Finally a way to introduce my American husband to Russian folklore. Thank you!

  5. K. Graham April 6, 2016 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    This has been my favorite so far!

    • Jason April 6, 2016 at 2:05 pm - Reply

      This one might just be my favorite, too. If I have the time, I’m going to re-record it, because the sound quality is atrocious.

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