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An excellent review of Cherry Gilchrist’s Russian Magic: Living Folk Traditions of an Enchanted Landscape has been posted to Amazon!


Vlad Shilinis, a native of Russia, states:


We, I and my wife – both Russians, loved this book. Being born and living in Russia during Soviet regime makes one forget or ignore you own heritage, but the book helped to put us back in touch with the real roots of Russian folklore.

When Bolsheviks took over in 1917, folklore became a State business. “Narodnost” – Soviet nationalism was not only cultivated by Communist Party under the guise of folklore, but also was mass produced. In fact, I remember that when we were art students in Russia we had to produce “folk” motives to pass the college exam.

To our generation Communist propaganda and folklore became synonymous. Naturally, Russian intelligentsia in general despised and ignored this fake “Narodnost” together with folklore.

In a strange way Soviet regime was not only devastating our families but tried to orphan us from our own roots.

But this book made us change our minds about number of things. We realized, for instance, that some of national character traits do make sense in the light of Slavic mythology and our folk stories could be read on a much deeper level.

It seems to us that sometimes one needs an outsider with a keen insight to learn something new about your own culture. At least we did.


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 The Magical Buffet, the ecclectic online ‘zine where “spirituality, politics and pop culture collide” has reviewed author Cherry Gilchrist’s newest release Russian Magic:Living Folk Traditions of an Enchanted Landscape (Quest Books; Oct.)!


Russian Magic is everything a book of its type should be, potential authors of folkloric books take note. The book is engaging and covers a surprisingly large swath of Russian traditions, religious practices, folklore traditions, and more. It is well researched but also filled with first hand accounts from the author brushing up against these practices…I highly suggest picking up this entertaining and enlightening book. 

Rebecca Elson, The Magical Buffet

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The Theosophical Order of Service (TOS) has reviewed Russian Magic:Living Folk Traditions of an Enchanted by Cherry Gilchrist!

 Cherrry Gilchrist has written a useful book on the structure of Russian folklore, its main characters such as the Firebird and the Snowmaiden, and its impact on folk crafts, mainly rural house building, painted lacquer boxes and Matrioshka dolls. There are hints of broader issues such as the use of folklore in high culture, by composers such as Rimsky-Korsakov and Stravinski and writers like Pushkin. —Rene Wadlow, TOS

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