Rozhanitsy - The Horned One and The Devil

The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Complete A-Z for the Entire Magical World - Judika Illes 2005

Rozhanitsy
The Horned One and The Devil

The Rozhanitsy are a pair of deer spirits, mother and daughter. Some historians believe them to be part of the most ancient known pantheon of what is now Russia, dating back to Stone Age pre-agricultural hunter-gatherer times. They are deities of abundance and fertility.

Rozhanitsy names two distinct types of Russian female spirits. The horned Rozhanitsy are not the same as the Rozhanitsy Fate fairies who dwell in the Russian bathhouse. (See PLACES: Bathhouse.)

The Rozhanitsy manifest in various ways:


Image As horned women


Image As women riding horned deer


Image As women riding horses but holding stag’s antlers in their hands


The mother Rozhanitsy was the daughter of a deer. Her consort, Rod, Lord of Growth and Prosperity, father of her daughter, usually took the form of a stag (see previous section).