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Belarusian 'mermaids' celebrate pagan holiday

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Belarusian women drink and eat during a celebration of the pagan holiday of Rusalye, devoted to water nymphs, in the village of Sosny, Belarus, on June 10, 2012. According to legend, during the spring and summer mermaids come out of the water and visit the village, walking through fields and meadows.

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Villagers throw their crowns as they celebrate the pagan holiday of Rusalye in Sosny on June 10, 2012.