I suppose that it will be logical to go on a bit further about the magic background in the Russian folklore. Besides all of us are fond of magic in this or that way. So, today I invite you to study the point of the magical weapon. In fact the last one is an essential part of many other cultures.
Taken into account the tales I have already presented you & some others I cannot conclude that our national folklore is so fond of magical attributes. Ivan Tasarevich’s stupidity is the main one we often find in tales. Nevertheless there are a few objects that might be comprehended as weapons: water of life & death, a magical sword, a magical ball-an ancestor of the GPS, a magical apple & a magical saucer & a magician-wife. As we have already discussed the topic of the female destiny & role in the tales, let’s move to the objects.
Water of life & death: Due to cruelty & an extreme violence in our tales, this sort of thing is always in need. No matter it is used with corpses of already dead heros, the result is marvellous. Nobody informs how much they lived afterwards, but one thing is certain: this weapon is not an elixir of immortality.
A magical sword: This is a traditional artifact that unites us with the whole world. The Russian magical sword is called “Kaladen’ets”. Its origin is uncertain. Too often it is kept by B’aba Yag’a. In some tales the hero gets it in in the beginning, in most in the end to fight the evil.
A magical ball: I guess that it is also common for other cultures. What a pleasure to think that a ball might lead you the right way! Studying the tales I have noticed that it is not so frequent in books, while in our movies it is a very popular magical weapon. Anyway, you will never be lost if you find a magical ball somewhere in the forest.
A magical apple & a magical saucer: U-hu-hu! Here is an ancestor of the Internet. An apple was put on the saucer, then it began going round showing all the events happening in this or that land. Traditionally it is kept & used by B’aba Yag’a.
If Asterix & Obelix have read this post, they might have been very dissapointing when they have learned that the Russian folklore have used no magic potion. Oh, well! The Russian Heroes are practical, besides no one can fully rely on Ivan Tsarevich to be certain that he would have used magic sticks & potions properly.