That awkward moment when you climb 4 flights of stairs too fast and then you reach the silent level of the library but you can’t stop huffing and puffing cause you’re so outta shape.
"I’m not surprised that you don’t have a boyfriend. I don’t want you to take this the wrong way, I just don’t think that very many people, especially your age, would be able to keep up with you. You know who you are and you know what you want to do. Your eyes light up when you talk about your passions, and you’re not afraid to defy social norms and be who you are. And all this, this scares people."
— The best compliment I’ve ever received (via lifebykyla)
"We are mosaics. Pieces of light, love, history, stars… Glued together with magic and music and words."
— Anita Krizzan
(Source: quotethat, via mirroir)
"I want to see more girl monsters. Girl giants, girl dragons, hulks & trolls. Scylla and hydra. Girl monsters who are huge and whole. Teeth and plush fur and long muscled tails. Heads enough to see you anywhere. Gleaming green or brown. But girl monsters are usually zombies or vampires. Pale and thin, bleeding or dead. Not Lady Lazarus, not a phoenix from the ash. I want to see how you get strong without being broken first. Get strong and stay strong. Get big and bigger."
"The Russian peasant imagined the social order among demons to be much like his own. They lived in families and were fond of smoking, drinking, and playing cards or bones. Normally devils married witches, and their weddings, often celebrated at a crossroad, were frenzied affairs; sometimes in their wild dancing they raised a column of dust to the sky. Here and there one finds the belief that it was possible to disperse such gatherings by throwing an axe or a knife at the witch. Afterwards blood would be found on the spot and a village woman might walk around with a bandaged face or hand. Some peasants in Tula Province stressed that devils did not live in lawful wedlock because they lacked priests. Snowstorms and windstorms were generally associated with the activity of devils on earth; the notion that devil children liked to play in them was widespread. In Novgorod Province it was believed that one could view the devil during a snowstorm by getting down on all fours and looking through one’s legs."
Russian Folk Belief, by Linda J. Ivanits (via gatheringbones)
#you know how sometimes when you look at a sliver of history#you can just hear a babble and ruckus of stories hollering to get out#there are so many stories here it’s deafening#the crossroad weddings of devils and witches dancing up the dust to frenzy#little devil-children larking and raucous in storms#whole towns built on occult belief; a domestic world casually acquainted with the traffic of hellfolk#russian folklore is grim and wonderful#russia#mythology#and all the devils are here (tags by elucipher)