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poludnitsa

in Slavic mythology, female field spirit, generally seen either as a tall woman or a girl dressed in white. The poludnitsa customarily appears in the field at noon, when the workers are resting from their labours. Any human who dares upset her traditional visit risks his health and his life.

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