October 31, 2010

Arkona

Let me introduce you with my favourite band! ^^

Arkona (Russian: Аркона) is a Russian pagan metal band. Their lyrics are heavily influenced by Russian folklore and Slavic mythology, and their music incorporates several traditional Russian musical instruments. The name of the band "Arkona" refers to the last pagan Slavic city-castle.





The band was founded in 2002 and have published five albums, the last one Goi, Rode, Goi! being released on October 28, 2009, one demo, one compilation and two live DVDs.



 I wanted to put more videos but don't know how xD
Enjoy! ^^

October 29, 2010

Svarog

  
Svarog is main god of the heavens.
From “svargas” – radiant sky, “svarati” – gleams. His name survives in the Romanian word for sunburnt or hot – sfarog. {Romanians, like Hungarians, have a lot of Slavic in them.} In Slavic mythology, Svarog is the Slavic god and spirit of fire and his name means bright and clear. So sacred was the fire that it was forbidden to shout or swear at it while it was being lit. Folklore portrays him as a fire serpent, a winged dragon that breathes fire. According to some interpretations the fire-god Svarogich was the son of Svarog. However, other sources refer to these names as one and the same god of fire.


Svarog legends can be traced back to the 8th-6th century BC when the Slavic tribes first began to practice agriculture. According to some interpretations the fire-god Svarogich was the son of Svarog. However, other sources refer to these names as one and the same god of fire.



In some stories, Svarog fights Zmey, a giant serpent or a multi-headed dragon. Svarog catches Zmey with blacksmith's tongs and uses him to pull a plough. In other myths, he has to use his own mouth to dig the ditch, thus separating the land of the living (Jav) from the land of the dead (Nav), bringing order (Prav). Zmey takes over the dead. In some myths, the ploughed ditch becomes the Smorodina River, and Zmey becomes the guardian of Kalinov Bridge.




The symbol dedicated to Svarog is the Kolovrat. Svarog is associated in Christianity with Saints Cosmas and Damian, and Saint Michael the Archangel. His animals are a golden horned ox, a boar, a horse, and a falcon named Varagna.









October 28, 2010

Slavic Goddess Lada

Mother of the gods.
The Slavic goddess of love and beauty, who appears as Freya, Isis, or Aphrodyte with other peoples. It is, of course, linked to the planetary power of Venus who is, besides love and beauty, associated with fertility. Lada is represented as a girl with long golden hair sometimes with a wreath of ears of grain braided into her hair, which symbolises her function of fertility deity thus making her an aspect of Mother of Wet Land. A symbol of Sun, a mark of lifegiving power was sometimes on her breasts. As a fertility goddess, Lada has her annual cycles, which can be shown by the belief that she resides in the dwelling place of the dead until the vernal equinox comes. This world of the dead is called Irij, and here, besides Lada, dwells Veles, the horned god of cattle. At the moment when Lada is supposed to come out into the world and bring spring, Gerovit opens the door of Irij letting the fertility goddess bless the earth. At the end of summer, Lada returns to Irij (there is a similar myth in German mythology in which Freya spends a part of the year underground among the elves, whereas Greek Persefona dwells in Had during the winter period). Although her reign begins on the 21st of March, Lada is primarily the goddess of summer. She follows Vesna, the Slavic spring goddess. However, both of these goddesses are associated with fertility so sometimes it can sometimes be difficult to separate their functions. As we can see, Lada's reign begins in spring, the proof of which is ladenj, another name for April, given after this goddess. Apart from the Sun, Lada is also associated with rain and hot summer nights, the ideal time for paying respect to the love goddess.



Lada's animals are a cock, a deer, an ant and an eagle, whereas her plants are a cherry, a dandelion, a linden and a peony. Besides Venus, Lada is connected with the constilation of Taurus, which Aleksandar Asov wrote about in The Slavic Astrology. Here, we can once again see here her function of fertility goddess, whose reign begins in spring, mix with the function of the goddess Vesna. A myth says that Lada is married to Svarog who is only with her help able to create the world. According to another one, she is a companion of Jarilo, thus associated with Aphrodyte, whose lover is Ares. Rituals performed in Lada's honour are most often linked with contracting marriages, or choosing a spouse. Jumping over the fire is another characteristic of rituals performed in Lada's honour. This custom existed in all parts of Europe and its purpose was to ensure fertility as well as to protect people and cattle from evil forces.

Southland Tales the movie

Out of Sight release

October 27, 2010

ROD

Like I said, today I will represent you one god, Rod. Creator of all life and existence. ^^


Rod, sometimes referred to simply as god (Div, Diy; in the Veda Slovena Diy or Dia), is probably the most ancient deity in the Slavic pantheon.
It is likely that several other gods, most notably Svarog, were initially epithets or incarnations of Rod. Svarog Rod meant Heavenly Rod.
Later on these incarnations separated from Rod and were worshipped as separate entities. Very little is known about actual worship of Rod. 

In Slavic mythology Rod is the first god progenitor of deities, creator of the Universe and its manager. He is the supreme universal principle, which established the divine law Pravda (Prav). He is a protector of blood-ties and clan relations, a patron of kinship and clan unions. At the beginning of Time, at the very beginning of the Cosmos, only Rod existed and there was nothing around him. According to some believers, he later created the Universe and the three worlds Jav, Prav and Nav, and arranged everything inside them. Rod also introduced the superior principle of balance between elements and enforced the highest law Pravda, which every creature and power (physical or metaphysical, material or energy) must obey.
40 Days and 40 Nights trailer Creator of Heaven, Earth, and the Underworld. Comes out of the Egg bringing Fire. He was the god who created both the world and life: he created man, established the family and gathered the nation together.

He was represented as being “seated in the air”, throwing down little pieces of an unidentified substance which created children. He was responsible, there fore, for the nation’s increase. He was also closely linked with the worship of ancestors. Rod had a wife called Rozanica; but since this word is always plural and polygamy was common among the Slavic people, it actually implies that he had several wives. Swarog gained control later on, seemingly, with Rod’s permission. Rod survived as a sort of Slavic penate, household god. His worship was at the center of the older ancestor cults. The Slavs continue to honor the Egg by incorporating it into the celebration of Easter. The ultimate expression of the Egg are those created by the House of Faberge for the Tsars, used as Easter presents beginning with Aleksandr III. 

That would be all for today! ^^


And let me share this video/song with you, I assume that most of you woudn't understand lyrics, but in this video you just might just see the spirit of the slavic pagans. This band is called Arkona, my favourite band btw. ^^

October 26, 2010

Slavic gods and creatures

 Today I will represent you gods and creatures from Slavic mythology. :)

Creation:

    * Rod - Creator of Heaven, Earth, and the Underworld. Comes out of the Egg bringing Fire.
    * Lada - Mother of the gods.
    * Svarog - Chief god of the heavens.

Heaven: Sons of Svarog, the main Slavic gods associated with formal rituals.

    * 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:

    * Chërt - Chief god of the underworld, the Black God (Chërnobog). 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.

Lesser Gods:

    * Yaro/Yarilo - God of Spring/fertility - stronger following among Western Slavs who call the season Yaro and identify him as the White God.
    * Zorya - actually three Zori: Evening, Morning, and Night who guard the Wild Dog (sometimes identified as Simargl) held captive in the Little Dipper to prevent him from eating the world. [Probably borrowed, the Romans called this constellation Ursa Minor (Little Bear) and Simargl was imported from Persia.]
    * Stribog - God of winds.
    * Dogoda - West wind [Probably borrowed from Persian Adad.]
    * Mokosh - Fertility goddess [Probably borrowed from Georgians/Armenians.]

The Little People: Can be helpful, but are easy to annoy, normally resulting in disfigurement or death.

    * Leshiï - Forest Elf - blue skinned/green haired.
    * Rusalka - Water Fairy - beautiful maiden, one per body of water or river.
    * Bannik - Bath House Brownie* - one per bath house [Think sauna.]
    * Domovoï - House Brownie* - one per house.
    * Dvorovoï - Yard Brownie* - one per yard.
    * Ovinnik - Barn Spirit - black cat with green eyes - one per barn.
    * Polevik - Field Brownie* - one per plowed field.

      * - Brownie indicates short, brown-skinned, man-shaped spirit.

Mythical Beasts/People:

    * Baba Yaga - Evil witch of great power who lives in a chicken-legged hut in a marsh surrounded by a picket fence topped with human skulls. Eats people and is generally disagreeable.
    * Bogatyri - Russian version of the Knights of the Round Table and the Paladins. Naturally there were three of them.
    * Rorag - Roc/Firebird/Phoenix - eagle with fiery plumage, associated with Rod's Egg.
    * Seryï Volk (Grey Wolf) - truly Slavic, a shape-shifter with great wisdom.
    * Simargl - Dragon [Persian Simurgh - Roc] - flying monster, sometimes wi
th dog's head.

 In next posts I will represent you each god little more! Hope you'll like this! Enjoy reading! Slava! ^^

October 25, 2010

Let's continue with Slavic mythology :P

Fairy tales about various fantastical characters and creatures such as Alkonost, Baba Yaga, Koschei the Deathless, Firebird, Zmey, songs and tales of legendary heroes such as Russian bogatyrs, and superstitions about various demons and spirits such as domovoi, likho, vilas, vampires, vodyanoy, rusalkas etc. Many of these tales and beliefs may be quite ancient, and probably contain at least some elements of old mythical structure, but they are not myths themselves. They lack a deeper, sacral meaning and religious significance, and furthermore they tend to vary greatly among various Slavic populations.

Folk celebrations of various Christian festivals and popular beliefs in various saints. It is, for instance, quite clear that a popular saint in many Slavic countries, St Elijah the Thunderer, is a replacement of old thunder-god Perun. Likewise, traces of ancient deities can also be found in cults of many other saints, such as St Mary, St Vitus, St George, St Blaise and St Nicholas, and it is also obvious that various folk celebrations, such as the spring feast of Jare or Jurjevo and the summer feast of Ivanje or Ivan Kupala, both very loosely associated with Christian holidays, are abundant with pre-Christian elements. These beliefs have considerable religious and sacral significance to the people still performing them. The problem is, of course, that the elements of pre-Christian religion are hopelessly mixed into popular Christianity.


For the last few decades, Slavic paganism has gained limited popularity among the Russian public, with many web sites and organizations dedicated to the study of Slavic mythology and some who openly call for "returning to the roots."
Most of the neopagan movements take place in Russia and Belarus, but they also take place in other Slavic countries like Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, Croatia and Ukraine.


October 24, 2010

Hello everyone!

On this blog I will write about slavic mythology, pagan cultures, my favourite pagan and folk metal bands, put some pictures and stuff like that! ^^
First of all I think I have to introduce you to Slavic mythology, nevertheless, all writings will be about it! ^^
So, let's get started! xD

Slavic mythology is the mythological aspect of the polytheistic religion that was practised by the Slavs before Christianisation. All their original religious beliefs and traditions were passed down orally over generations, and forgotten over the centuries following the arrival of Christianity. Before that, records of Slavic religion were mostly written by non-Slavic Christian missionaries who were uninterested in accurately portraying pagan beliefs.

Archaeological remains of old Slavic culture have been found, though little can be given from them without proper knowledge of their contexts, other than confirming existing historical records. Fragments of old mythological beliefs and pagan festivals survive up to this day in folk customs, songs, and stories of all the Slavic nations.


For now, that enough! :D


This song goes perfectly with text above! And how would Slavs said: SLAVA!
Enjoy ^^