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Friday, 27 July, 2001, 16:44 GMT 17:44 UK
In pictures: Moscow's 'evil spirit' museum
A Museum of Evil Spirits has opened north of Moscow showing wax models and paintings of devils, witches, hobgoblins - and a kindly field dweller known as Polevik.

The models are being displayed in the flat owned by artist Diane Galunova in the town of Uglich.

Russian NTV television said that after collecting fairy tales in local villages, Diane began making the models to illustrate the region's pre-Christian folklore and superstitions.

The artist Diane said an evil hermit witch is popular amongst the locals
An evil hermit witch is popular in the region

Polevik the field dweller
The field dweller Polevik is a kindly patron saint of peasants

Kikimora is said to represent the spirit of a n unbabtised dead child
People believe that the female hobgoblin kikimora represents the spirit of a dead child who has not been baptised.

The collection mainly includes paintings and wax models of humans and birds
The peasants used to protect against evil spirits by hanging garlic and bay leaves inside their homes

The models are made from wax
Diane makes exhibits from wax and is very precise

The artist says locals should learn about their pre-Christian folklore roots
"These stories came to Russia before Christianity"

Cow skulls guarded peoples home before Christianity arrived
In pre-Christian times cow skulls would guard people's homes

The museum has upset some people
An honorary place is given to a house imp

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