Is there really a Russian myth about Solenya, the pickle man?
Dude Changed status to publish February 9, 2022
The legend of Solenya is common in Russia, with regional variations.
In some traditions, a red-clad man will enter the kitchen during Christmas and ask for pickles that he politely tries to repay with big rubles. When there’s no pickle on hand, he swallows the household’s best cutlery set and hides until someone leaves a bowlful of pickles out on Christmas Eve night. It turns out that these are good spirits who need to be pacified so they don’t sabotage the celebrations.
A different folkloric tradition holds that Solenya was forced to wear red as punishment for his part in offending Jesus Christ by selling him poison while he traveled through Russia preaching.