Also known as Wili (slavic name). Vili -Plural
- Eastern European (culture)
- Undead (attribute)
- Forest Dweller (attribute)
- Rural (attribute)
- Haunting (behaviour)
- Fairies and Nymphs (common type)
These are Slavic fairies who inhabit various aspects of nature such as trees, lakes, fields and rivers.
They are virgins of children and come up from their graves to engage in a dance. Anyone who joins in with their dancing ritual will be magically enticed to dance with them until they die. Sometimes they are known to be fairy godmothers and predict the fate of children like the Moirae. They are called Wili and Samovily in other languages.
the Vili are simply beautiful maidens who are forest spirits and have very big wings. They love all forest animals, especially does, and protect them. Also, the Vili have broad knowledge in the use of herbs. However, they don't like humans and always try to make them lose their path in the forest.
Futhermore, the Vili are closely related to Samodiva (pl. Samodivi) who are heavenly beautiful maidens with golden-blond hair and mesmerizing eyes that can even kill. They wear white robes and green belt (or rainbow coloured where the green is the prime colour).
Also, they wear a white cloak where their power is hiden. Sometimes they have bows and arrows which they have taken from the young men they have kidnapped. Usually, the Samodivi dance around wells and it's said that they song and dance are the most beautiful ones. They say that the Samodivi like to go out at night, take a bath in the river or pond, lay their clothes to dry and dance all night creating a magic circle. They love music so much that sometimes they kidnap a shepherd so that he can play for them (unfortunately, the shepherd sometimes dies, exhausted from playing and dancing all night, or fall ill afterwards).
There are ways to keep the Samodivi away: have garlic with you, light fire or a cigarette, have a bone of a dead woman, or skin of a snake. Also, they are afraid of the sunlight. Although the Samodivi are mostly ill-tempered, they can become benefactors of young men who have helped them in the past.There are stories where they say that the Samodivi are dead maidens who are unwanted neither on the Earth or Heaven. In other legends, they say that the Samodivi can kiddnap other maidens, or makde them ill and die, and they then turn Samodivi themselves.
There is also a third relative to the Vili and Samodivi - Juda (storm-demon, Judas, evil fairies). They are evil female spirits in human form and live in forest and mountains. These creatures have great magical powers and knowledge in herb and poisons. Sometimes they hypnotise young men with their beauty and try to covince them to marry them. If the young men marry them, the Juda steals his soul and sends it to the Land of Dead (i.e., Nav) while his body gets ill and dies. To keep the Juda away, young men always kept magical herbs with them.
The Slavic name for Vili. These are spirits perform the ballet Giselle. They are called Samovily in Bulgaria. They inhabit various aspects of nature such as trees, lakes, fields and rivers. They are virgins of children and come up from their graves to engage in a dance. Anyone who joins in with their dancing ritual will be magically enticed to dance with them until they die. Sometimes they are known to be fairy godmothers and predict the fate of children like the Moirae.
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