November 9, 2010

Slavic Goddess Mokosh

Mokoš, also spelled Mokosh, the goddess of life-giving in ancient Slavic mythology. She is the only female deity mentioned in the Old Kievan pantheon of ad 980 and has survived in East Slavic folk beliefs as Mokoša, or Mokuša. A tall woman with a large head and long arms, she spins flax and wool at night and shears sheep.



Goddess Mokos was worshipped by the Eastern Slavs, but some forms of her name also appear among the Western Slavs (Mukes, Mukus, Mococize). Mokos was the goddess of spinning, but she was also a protector of women, taking care about their health and their children. She helped the women in labour and protected their babies, at the same time helping the women keep a good marriage. Besides spinning, Mokos was connected with other duties reserved for women and with household management, but spinning was the skill that was in close relation with this goddess. There were many customs concerning Mokos as the protector of the spinners.
Another action related to Mokos was casting spells. The women that practiced sorcery in the 16th century Russia were called mokose.




Mokos could also be connected with the adjective mokro (= wet), which makes some authors identify her with Majka Vlazna Zemlja. This identification is certainly based on one of Mokos's characteristics – she was also seen as the goddess of fertility. The rain was therefore sometimes referred to as "Mokos’s milk". The term Mokos is also used in Finland, where it can usually be found as a surname. The Finns are thought to have taken this name over from the Slavs, or to be more precise, those whose last name is Mokos are thought to be of Slavic origin.



64 comments:

  1. "spins flax and wool at night"

    why does she do it at night?

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  2. because she's wet all night o_O
    oh god my perverted brain cant take this.

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  3. she sounded like a helpful goddess :)

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  4. So cool. Every time I read one of your posts, 1,000 story ideas pop into my head.

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  6. great story..keep going like this!

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  7. Mokose, lol, Good review, thanks!

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  9. Interesting, very cool to know about stuff like this! That's why it keeps me coming back everyday!! (:

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  10. sounds like Aphrodite to me ;O with fertility xD

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  11. lol some chick making clothes and dripping milk on us from above. Awesome, just pure awesome.

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  12. Good post! Looking forward to reading you next one

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  13. All these ladies are great in bed i bet.

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  14. Such an important deity for women.

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  15. interesting read :) thanks for sharing

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  16. Good stuff, but Mokos's milk made me gag a little.

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  17. A Goddess to pray for when you have marriage problems, interesting

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  18. Ah, a working lady, just like the Russians like them :D

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  19. wow, do you have an update to this story?

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  20. Very neat. Interesting it's the only female deity mentioned or that survived that time

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  21. that gives me something to think about

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  23. interesting..
    I didn't know that

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  24. cool like learning about this stuff

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  25. Is this blog still running?
    Just wanted to chime in and tell that we have a store of print-by-demand items with Slavic gods pictured on them, from Makosh to Nav, nine in all: http://slavic_gods.printdirect.ru/
    There are T-shirts, stickers, cups and more. The interface is in Russian, but they claim to deliver worldwide.
    Sorry for possible spamming, but at least I'm on topic, right?

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