The first time I heard “Vasilisk” I
couldn’t even imagine the sort of creature it
represents. At first I thought it could be a
being that had something to do with either
fields or field flowers, and I was wrong.
Vasilisk is one of the most interesting
and bizarre creatures of Slavic mythology.
It is a creature with the head of a rooster,
eyes of a frog, wings of a bat and tail of a
serpent. Now imagine this creature in your
head … would it give you chills if you ever
saw it? Well, according to Slavic mythology,
Vasilisk had an ability to turn to stone every
live being it would look at. It was even said
that if Vasilisk would see own reflection in
the mirror, he himself would turn to stone.
Vasilisk is said to be born of an egg,
which is laid by a seven year old black
rooster into a warm manure pile. Vasilisk is
said to live in deep dark caves, feed on rocks
and stones, and only comes out at night. The
reason that Vasilisk only comes out at night
is bizarre within itself; it is said that Vasilisk
(a creature with a head of a rooster) cannot
tolerate the sound of a rooster.
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