Idolishche

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Idolishche Poganoye (Russian: Идолище Поганое) is a mythological monstrosity from Russian bylinas (epic tales) which personified pagan forces invading the Russian lands. [1][2] The name literally means "pagan idol", with a Russian augmentative suffix "-ishche".

The major epic sources that involve Idolische are various variants of the bylina "Ilya Muromets and Idolishche Poganoye" ("Илья Муромец и Идолище Поганое"), where Idolishche is also characterized as "Tatarin", in reference to the Tatar-Mongol yoke.

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