Mavka is a hero of Ukrainian mythology, a beautiful young girl, a forest mermaid and a nymph. It was believed that the moths are stillborn children, deceased unbaptized babies, or virgins that died on the week of the week. Less common are the beliefs that the mavoc turns children, cursed by their parents or abducted by evil forces. They live in forests, near the banks of the river and protect the forest from any encroachments, including people.

Kiev based photographer Sergei Chanin was inspired by this story and shot Daria Ponomarenko in the image of Mavka.