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Gamayun is a prophetic bird of Slavic folklore. It is a symbol of wisdom and knowledge and lives on an island in the mythical east, close to paradise. 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, the Gamayun is normally depicted as a large bird with a woman's head.
In his esoteric cosmography Roza Mira (1997), Daniil Andreev maintains that Sirins, Alkonosts, and Gamayuns are transformed into Archangels in Paradise.
In season one, episode 10 the Netflix original television series The Crown, 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.
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