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Gamayun (representation in a painting by Viktor Vasnetsov).

Gamayun is a prophetic bird of Russian folklore.[1] It is a symbol of wisdom and knowledge and lives on an island in the mythical east, close to paradise.[citation needed] She is said to spread divine messages and prophecies, as she knows everything of all creation, gods, heroes, and man. Like the Sirin and the Alkonost, other creatures likewise deriving ultimately from the Greek myths and siren mythology,[2][3] the Gamayun is normally depicted as a large bird with a woman's head.[citation needed] In the books of the 17th-19th centuries, Gamayun was described as a legless and wingless bird, ever-flying with the help of a tail, foreshadowing the death of statesmen by her fall.

Popular culture[edit]

In his esoteric cosmography Roza Mira (1997), Daniil Andreev maintains that Sirins, Alkonosts, and Gamayuns are transformed into Archangels in Paradise.[citation needed]

In season one, episode 10 the Netflix original television series The Crown,[4] the Duke of Windsor speaks on the phone with his niece Elizabeth II, and likens the personhood of a monarch to a Sphinx or a Gamayun in that both creatures are fusions of two beings, never succeeding in being either.

Katherine Arden's second book from the Winternight trilogy mentions a Gamayun.

Gamayun Tales is a comic book series created by Alexander Utkin for Nobrow Press, in which Gamayun serves as the narrator for adaptations of Slavic legends and folklore.


  1. ^ "Гамаюн".
  2. ^ Boguslawski, Alexander (1999). "Religious Lubok". Winter Park, FL | via Rollins College: self-published. Retrieved 16 April 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  3. ^ [Unknown author] (2009). Персонажи славянской мифологии (in Russian). Archived from the original on 1 November 2009. Retrieved 16 April 2009. {{cite web}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  4. ^ Singh, Anita (19 August 2015). "£100m Netflix Series Recreates Royal Wedding". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 22 March 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016.

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