Bulgarian mythology: Samodiva
Samodivas are exceptionally beautiful, eternally young women with long blond hair and magical eyes that can daze or kill whoever looks into them. They wear white clothes and are armed with bows and arrows taken from the people they had kidnapped. Samodivas like to sing and dance around wells, and it is said that if you see them you mustn’t look them in the eyes.
They live under big old trees, in abandoned cottages, dark caves or near rivers, springs and wells. In most cases samodivas are hostile to people: they “lock” the water sources, kill shepherds, destroy their pastures, kidnap beautiful women and hurt them. Although they look like people when they meet such, samodivas can turn into animals, most often wolves.
i actually got sad when i realised it’d be the last time driving from my dads to my mums for a very long time and then i was like lol tears youll make me crash dummie.
I WAS GOING TO PUT THIS IN THE TAGS, BUT HOLY SHIT I HAVE JUST SEEN THE METAPHOR!!
There was a calm moment of “…Wait. Did she just metaphorically pick up masculinity and leave femininity behind in its place?” And I was impressed with that symbolism.
But then the metaphor got better. Because here, Mulan is swapping one for the other. Yet, by the end, when she comes home at the end, her father tucks the flower behind her ear and then her man shows up with the helmet— BECAUSE MULAN IS AWESOME AND KICK ASS AND SHE HAS BOTH FEMININITY AND MASCULINITY AND BEING COMPLETELY ONE OR THE OTHER TOTALLY DOESN’T SUIT HER.
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