Illustration of Koshchey (Koshei) the Deathless, riding his magical steed.

A Slavic Legend of Immortality: Koschei, the Deathless

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It is here where discrepancies in the mythical story appear.  Koschei was not killed with the use of his egg according to Andrew Lang's text, thereby implying that since Ivan did not come by it, it must have been previously destroyed. 

In Lang's and Afanasyev's versions, Koschei chased Ivan and Marya down unsuccessfully and was slain by either Ivan's sword or a sharp kick to the head by Ivan's steed, and the sorcerer's body was properly burned. 

Regardless of the telling however, Koschei the Deathless was indeed considered dead by the end of every version, with Ivan and Marya Morevna living "happily ever after" and Ivan's relationship with his sisters restored.

Featured image: Illustration of Koshchey (Koshei) the Deathless, riding his magical steed. 1901. Public Domain


Afanasyev, Aleksandr. Russian Fairy Tales (Random House: NY, 2013.)

Lang, Andrew. The Red Fairy Book (Dover Publications: NY, 1966.)

Szyjewski, Andrzej. Slavic Religion (WAM: Kraków, 2003)

Willis, Roy G. World Mythology (BCA Publishing: United Kingdom, 1993.)

By Ryan Stone


So fascinating, these legends. I always wonder what story is they started out with

Sunny Young

Many levels of undestanding

Name Kaschei consist from каша и щей, here is the immortals diet. An egg is flesh and so is death.

Don’t try to be immortal twice. Coming back again in Явь throu our children is not meant to him, as he takes immortality from a man in a woman, he is repayed back and his immortality is taken from him. 


Дед Яга

Relax! - I got what it takes for everybody to become Immortal in less than a month - My Discovery (guarantees the Future of Humanity on Earth and in Space) - Death already is a choice - We humans can stop aging, ailing and dying (by wiping out all diseases) and live forever (like our Creators from the planet of Nibiru - The Anunnaki) - I got the key to our Biological Immortality - By staying absolutely healthy all the time - By doing my discovery (just an exercise for a minute a day, that makes us absolutely invulnerable to any diseases) - My WVCD - The Weapon of Virus and Cancer Destruction, that cures and prevents any diseases, known on Earth for millions of years, even radiation disease (concerning astronauts' lives on space missions) - I will describe my WVCD (the substitute of any sort of Health Care) to everyone, who sends me a check for one million bucks - Everybody will stay absolutely healthy all the time, living their Endless Lives, for Infinite Health = Immortality.

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