I did this grim reaper girl tattoo for Eleza about a month ago and had a great time working on it. Eleza is one of my favorite clients to work with, she always has fun ideas and you can tell she really puts thought into what projects would be fun for the person tattooing her, a great strategy for getting nice tattoos from different artists! In many mythologies, death is personified as a male character, but in Slavic traditions death is personified as female, a character called Marzanna. Marzanna is associated with seasonal rites based on the idea of death and rebirth of nature. She is an ancient goddess associated with winter’s death and rebirth and dreams. In Slavic rites the death of the Goddess Marzanna at the end winter, becomes the rebirth of Spring of the Goddess Kostroma. Marzanna is also the name used to describe the effigy of the goddess, which was ritually burned or drowned during an early spring rite called Jare Święto in order to hasten the approach of spring. The custom of drowning the effigy of Marzanna derives from sacrificial rites; its function was to ensure a good harvest in the upcoming year. It is believed that burning an effigy representing the goddess of death would remove any results of her presence (i.e., the winter) and thus bring about the coming of spring. Thanks Eleza!
Traditional Tattoos by Minneapolis Tattooer Mimi Wunsch
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