History Scrapbook: Slavic Beliefs by Nikola and Stefan

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History Scrapbook: Slavic Beliefs by Nikola and Stefan

History Scrapbook: Slavic Beliefs by Nikola and Stefan

Here you will be able to learn something about slavic lands, and their mythology.

Mythology: The faceless god creator is Rod, Creator of Heaven, Earth, and the Underworld. He came out of the Egg bringing Fire. He was more a spirit than a god. Slavic people believed that he is present in everything. Svarog later succeeded Rod, seemingly with his submission. Still, Rod seems to have the ultimate authority over all creation

Svarog - Chief god of the heavens. Sons of Svarog: * Svarogovich - God of fire and the forge. * Perun - God of lightning, warriors, and storms - became identified with St. Elias. * Dazhbog - God of the sun, the White God (Belobog).

Earth: * Zemlya - Earth goddess - referred to as 'Mother Damp Earth' (Mat Syra Zemlya). [Terra (Roman), Gea (Greek), Erda (German): The planet Earth, soil/land, and the goddess are identified by the same name, usually given the title Mother. It is reasonable to assume the Slavs did the same thing, although their lack of ritual for goddesses make it impossible to prove.] * Kupala - Water goddess [overall command of water sources]. * Veles/Volos - God of agriculture/animal husbandry [god with a ritual] - became identified with St. Blasius.

Underworld: * Chart - Chief god of the underworld, the Black God (Chernobog). Rarely mentioned, no doubt to avoid his notice. He should have two helpers, but, if there is little mention of him, there is less mention of his associates. .

Baba Yaga is believed to be a witch and she appears in many Russian fairy tales. She lives in a peasant hut made of bones which standon chicken legs and spins wool, and is lighted by glowing skulls on posts. She is always hungry and she travels on a broom. In mythology, she is sometimes represented as a snake coiled around the Waters of Life and Death.

Vampire, this word comes from South Slav vampir. The modern word is vukodlak, meaning wolf's hair, though this creature is like a cross between a vampire and a werewolf. The Istrian Slavs believed that every family has a vukodlak, which battles with their kresnik (a good spirit). At midnight, vampires visit houses, and suck the blood of or have sex with sleeping people, often their relatives, who then weakened and die. If a vampire has no relatives, it pulls on the church bell, symbolizing death.. A vampire can also be found at crossroads or in cemeteries seeking victims.. In some areas, vampires are thought to be the souls of the dead; their physical body does not actually leave the grave.

Some Slavs believed that the Earth was an Island floating in water that the sun was immersed in every evening. At the center of this Island stood the world tree or mountain. The roots of this tree spread deep into the underworld and the branches reached high up into the region of the sky gods, Irij.

We find this period interesting becouse not many people are familiar with Slavic mythology to the same extend as they are with mytgologies of other civilizations.

Some information we took from here (click here)


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