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.









35 comments:

  1. Wow I really like that symbol. I've seen it before but I didn't know what it meant.

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  2. thats pretty sweet. I love fire

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  3. Never heard of him before. But nice symbol.

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  4. wow thats really interesting.mythology is really cool

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  5. What really interests me is the fact that all these different cultures have similar god figures or smth ;O

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  6. ahahahaha, my friend's surname is Kolovrat :)

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  7. Awesome. love the associated artwork. Religious artwork is usually the most beautiful to see.

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  8. svarog is a badassmother"#$er :D

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  9. I've always loved seeing the God's that other Pagans worship.

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  10. Svarog(my favorite picture) -
    http://s2.ipicture.ru/uploads/20120107/241TI5iU.jpg

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