Friday, February 15, 2008

Hostess of the Copper Mountain

«малахит» на Яндекс.ФоткахOne of the most nice, romantic and beautiful Russian fables is the fable about Hostess of the Copper Mountain, written by Pavel Bazhov (this for example "A Box of Malachite" Translate)
that tells about the Goddess of the Mountains of Ural.

People that lived in that region and had to go for days and months in the mountains covered by virgin forest to find minerals for their art work, were afraid of Hostess. Nobody had to call her by name, like nobody had to call by

name bears and other "hosts" of the Great Forces of the Nature. Russians invented many other words to explain, whom are they speaking about. They thought, if the God or the spirit hears his/her name, he/she can come and kill or make something bad to the person that called it.

And the Hostess was in this sense very special. She looked for very talented masters and made all the possible to attract them into her mountain. She showed them her wellness and they loved those minerals (stones?) sooooo much that forgot anything more and worked for the Hostess all their life, making for her things of incredible beauty. (picture and interesting info)

One girl loved her master so much that she went to the Hostess, that had stolen her fiance, and put him back home. But he was not a normal man more. And even his daughter was not the daughter of the heroic girl, but was more similar to the Hostess... So sad was the fable.

Interesting is, that normally the fables have happy end, but the fables collected by Bazhov are the only fables I know, I think, that are resigned to the fate.

Other interesting confront. There is a similar character in the fable of H.C. Andersen "The Snow Queen" (I'm not sure that it's the right translation, I know this fable in Russian). There the sense is that the Queen is the Great Force too, but there is not this feeling of submission to the unavoidable fate...

I don't know if there is this usage in other nations -tell me it, pls, how it is for your nation, it's interesting...
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  1. What a beautiful piece of stone and what a beautiful story! Sad too!

  2. It's my favourite mineral. If I would a master, I would go for it in the mount to serve the Hostess too. :)))

  3. It's a really beautiful stone. I will look for it. And the story is sad and beautiful, first time I read it.

  4. You see, I sad you, it's a good new idea. Because you don't know this stone. And sometimes I've seen some handworks inspired on the pictures seen in malachite. Very nice too.

  5. What is the size of your round malachite beads? Each bigger than 10mm or smaller. At Ebay some look very shiny but I like yours, a little shine.

  6. My have 8mm. 2-3 mm more could be good too. They are not so shiny because I take them on the body, I think. Sometimes there are very nice compositions, not so simple beads, but they need special clothes too. Maybe.

    I like the form of earings and ring very much. And the nielloed (blacked?) silver as setting -more than gold, too. But this is for the taste, surely. Normally persons prefer brillant silver and don't understand me.

  7. Sorry this took me so long to answer:
    The Finnish national epic Kalevala
    is the source where to find if there is any similarity. I have not read all of it and I could not find a suitable match. Also
    contain some info.
    I think that for some religious reasons most of these were not taught to us in school!
    I know better the Viking Gods and Greek Gods than the ones of my anchestors :(

  8. Thank you very much for your help, Leena. I like fables and surely have heard about Kalevala but do not remember precisely today. Thank you for remembering me about it.

  9. I found your blog post by searching on "Pavel Bazhov". I'm telling friends who like stones about his stories. I wish they were more available in English, and better known. Do you read Bazhov in the original Russian?

  10. Yes, coz I'm Russian born and lived in Russia (SU) I read them in Russian. :)))


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