Baba Yaga. Vasilisa the Beautiful. Ivan Tsarevich. Veles. Koschei the Deathless. Boginka. Kikimora. Domovoy. Vodyanoy. The Firebird. Ded Moroz. Snegurochka. Vampir. And, of course, the Tsars. These are just a few absolutely iconic characters from Slavic folklore. And with this podcast, Slavic Fairy Tales, they will become your most loved heroes and your most notorious enemies, regular figures in your imagination and the stars of your dreams. I’m your host, Rhea Kapur, a student absolutely enchanted by the Russian language and Slavic culture. I’ll be reading you all kinds of Slavic stories, passed down through the generations by babushka after babushka, told in a fiery pechka or as a little rebyonechek snuggles into bed. We’ll hear the tales of Russia, Poland, Serbia, Czechoslovakia, Ukraine, Croatia, Macedonia, and more, all with a little cultural context tidbit at the end of each show. So, every Wednesday night, grab a soft blanket, dim the lights, get cozy, and let your mind travel into the story. Check out rheasslavicadventures.com/slavic-fairy-tales-podcast for more. До скорого, Рая!
Mogarzea and His Son: A Romanian Fairy Tale
Don’t remember the Pied Piper of Hamilton? Just listen into this classic Romanian tale, and I promise you – the memories will come flooding back. Meet Mogarzea, a kind, unbothered giant man who, oh, just happened to have his soul stolen away from him. But fear not, for his son comes with in clutch with the… what? “What’s the saving grace?!” you ask. The answer? Oh, it’s just one play button away.
The Wonder Maiden and Prince Hero: A Polish Folk Tale
Dive into this iconic Polish story and meet the Wonder Maiden, whose beauty is known across all seas and in all lands, and Prince Hero, the valiant savior who rescues her from Kosciey (literally, “Boney”), the evil king of the Underground realm. How does Prince Hero pull it off? And, how does an old woman named Jandza come into this, not to mention a fierce, twelve-headed dragon?! Listen in to find out.
Introducing Slavic Fairy Tales!
Welcome to Slavic Fairy Tales, a show featuring children’s stories from Russia, Poland, Serbia, and more. Coming soon.
Just delighted with having found this podcast. It's beautiful and very well done.
I’ve fallen in love with folklore again!
Listen to this show, and you won’t be disappointed. The stories from all the different Slavic countries are the best of the best. And the interpretations at the end are great, too. I listen to this show with my 5-year old daughter, and we both love it. It’s the perfect combo of storytelling and learning; great for kids, adults, anyone. Really well done.
Loved the recent episode on Reygoch, the Croatian giant. Learning so much about Slavic folklore from this show. Would love to hear more tales from the Balkans!!