With the conversion to the Christianity of the prince Vladimir of the Russ of Kiev at 988 years, Christ settles his domain in the Slavic lands. But, the old gods of the Slavic pantheon presented battle and it was not until the middle of the 19th century, when Christianity could proclaim its victory in this spiritual war.
Even so, the old traditions did not die completely and by archaeological vestiges, mentions of other towns, and peasant festivals the Slavic gods are kept alive.
Representations of the forces of Nature, many believe that its power over the elements, has protected Russia from the different invasions that it has suffered throughout history.
We can highlight 10 gods who resisted the Power of the Crucified:
God of the cosmos and creator of the universe, rules over the rest of the deities displaying a absolute power.
Rod in Old Slavic means rod, kinship, tribe symbolizing the origin of all things. Also, among the South Slavs, it was named as South, which means judge, which makes reference to his role of knowing the destiny of any being. Among Christians it was called Chrodo or Hrodo.
In antiquity, the Slavs honored the Supreme god holding a party every time a child was born, to thank him for good fortune and to protect the infant from all evil.
It is represented on top of a fish, carrying in one hand a wheel, symbol of the cycles of the universe, while with the other hand it carries a cube of flowers, which embodies nature.
Here comes a good one ... The famous Julio César, strategist without comparison, conqueror of Gaul and absolute leader of the Roman Republic until his murder, was worshiped as a god by the Slavic inhabitants of the city of Wolin. Considered as the patron of the city and its protector, there was a wooden pillar with an old spear, which was believed to have belonged to the Roman general.
3 Belebog / Chernebog
His name literally means white God (bieli) and black God (Cherni). It is a dual deity, which represents the two faces of existence, good / evil, light / darkness man / woman, etc. It embodies a multitude of forms from Zirnitra (dragons) up Razi (redeemers, positive entities). Belegog mounts on a mottled horse, displaying a flute in his right hand, while Chernebog he is a perverse old man equipped with a lyre, who uses a dragon chained as a mount.
God of thunder and fire, is one of the divinities most venerated in the Slavic cosmogony. It is the personification of masculine strength, virility and war. Very similar to Scandinavian Thor, Perun literally means in Old Slavic "Thunderbolt".
Proof of its importance, is its mention in the Chronicle of Nestor where it is said that there was a statue of the god on the throne of Kiev. In the iconography, Perun He is represented as a powerful warrior with a long beard, carrying a bow and a quiver with arrows, which had the power of lightning. Among Christians, his figure was associated with that of Saint Elijah
We all know the wizard Radagast from the movie The Hobbit, do not we? For it is inspired by this Slavic deity, protector of honor, hospitality and strength. The iconography represents bicephalous, with a powerful musculature. He carries a horn crowned with a swan on top, while covering his head with a bull-shaped helmet. Many experts in religions consider it very similar to god Vishnu from India.
God of nature, fertility and forests, in Slavic mythology is the adversary of Perun Lover of mischief, wealth and dragons, has many similarities with the Nordic Loki. Very venerated by the shepherds due to the protection it exercised over the cattle, its name derives from the word wel (wool). He is represented as a serpent body, long beard and antler, with bull or deer horns.
It is called the "Lord of Power" and is a four-headed god, two of them facing forward and the other two facing backward. Its control spheres are divination, war and light. It is one of the most venerated divinities among the ancient Slavs, since many gods are representations or avatars of Svetovid.
In India there is Rujen Island, the god had a prominent sanctuary where there was a giant wooden statue in his honor, which the faithful venerated with fervor.
Also due to the knowledge of the future that he had Svetovid, the priests of the temple predicted the future, by dice and the observation of a white horse consecrated to the god.
Unfortunately, in 1168 the Danes seized the island and destroyed the temple by ending the cult.
Heavenly God of fire and smithy, his name means "Sun bearer". Master of the rest of the gods (with the exception of Rod) and exterminator of dragons, he also controlled the skies and birds. He is represented in the form of a hawk, or as a multi-headed human surrounded by a flaming aura.
God of the hells, is the guide of the deceased souls that descend to the depths. It is associated with water, snakes, fire and earthquakes. With a terrifying aspect, the orthodox cult personified him as the Diablo. He is represented in a serpentine form with three heads, mounted on top of a ferocious boar and carrying a staff in his right hand.
It is the deity of hunting and forests. Known as the "Mother of the Forest " it is the god's partner Veles. She is represented as a strong and beautiful young woman, surrounded by animals and carrying an arrow in her left hand. The sacred animal of this divinity is the mare. At the beginning of spring there is a party in his honor, called Vrbopuc.
At present there is a religious current called "Rodnovery", (native faith) that advocates the return to the worship of the Slavic gods. It is a syncretic movement that has contributions from other religions such as Hinduism.
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Fascinated by the Slavic gods, dear Russian Lover?
Many believed that they had disappeared, but they are still present in the hearts of the Russians. If you want to discover more about them, you just have to come to Russia!