You will find real problems of knowing pre-Christian Slavic religious practices. Slavs don’t have the literary traditions of Greeks, Romans, or Norse, so attempts at reconstructing Slavic religion must use less informative sources: a small amount of texts by natives and visitors, folklore, the archaeology of gortyn, and toponyms. Most historic accounts of Slavic religion were compiled by Christians, so they are certainly not accurate or fair: chief are individuals from the Byzantine Christian Procopius, German Christian missionary Otto of Bamberg, and Christian convert Prince Vladimir. There are also forgeries, like the Book of Veles.
The origins of Slavic religion may return to an early on Proto-Indo-European (Cake) religion, i.e. the cultural practices from the group that Indo-European languages originated, that the Slavic languages (while not always Slavic people) developed. Common elements obtained from Indo-European religion appear to incorporate a dualistic system involving a sky god and the foe (Perun and Veles in Slavic myth), and worship from the sun as well as fire and lightweight. Frequently it’s recommended that Slavic religion might also involve a non-Indo-European substrate with proto-feminist goddess worship, however this is questionable as you would expect.
By about 1000 CE the Slavs had transformed into Christianity subsequently aspects of questionnable ritual were most likely integrated into Christian practice and folklore. More lately there has been tries to revive that old faiths.
Slavs were great believers in spirits: in trees, springs, rivers, wells, hillsides, plateaus, and lots of other natural features. There appears to possess been yearly rituals based on the farming calendar, and belief inside a world-tree broken into sky or heavens (wild birds, celestial physiques), earth (us, bees), and subterranean (beavers and snakes). Structures were also thought to have different spirits: the domovoy in the home, the ovinnik within the drying-house, the gumenik within the storehouse sacrifices to those were recorded in 1800s Russia.
The Byzantine historian Procopius recorded that two Slavic tribes, the Sclavenian and Antes, worshiped mainly a thunder god (Perun) with whom they sacrificed cattle. Additionally they made choices to rivers as well as their spirits, and practiced divination.
The tenth-century Prince Vladimir the truly amazing (or Volodymyr) of Novgorod and Kiev is among the most detailed sources he apparently worshipped a pantheon including Perun. Vladimir might have modernised the faith themself, and that he later transformed into Christianity, being a saint for his treason. Therefore it is not obvious entirely how typical his practices were, or how accurate he was, but he’s still broadly reported.
A pantheon drawing largely on Vladimir includes:
- Perun, mind god, responsible for thunder, lightning, war, and law, copper-bearded ruler from the living world. He was associated with oak trees, as were many European gods for example Jupiter, Zeus, the Germanic Donar and Thor, and also the old Indian Parjanya. He appears to talk about a reputation using the Baltic Perkūnas/Pērkons, and could be a consequence of a Cake Perkwunos. In later Christian traditions his characteristics might have been re-related to Elijah the Thunderer or God themself.
- Veles/Volos, god from the underworld, horned creatures, trickery, and wealth, and also require been Perun’s foe and contrary.
- Jarilo/Jarylo/Jaro, a plant life god.
- Mokosh, a fertility goddess.
- Svarog/Svaroh, Dazhbog/Dazhboh, both sky or sun or similar, resembling other Cake gods.
It ought to be noted that faith weren’t constant across all of the typically Slavic lands. Other gods in certain regions include another group of opposites: Bialybog "white-colored-god" and Czarnebog "black-god", who apparently presided over summer time and winter correspondingly.
The elevated religion is frequently known as (in British) Rodnovery, in the Russian meaning "native belief". Similar forms exist produced from other Slavic languages. It’s also sometimes known as Vedism or Vedaism, from the Russian world meaning "know, understand, view".
They generally worship outdoors, sometimes inside a sacred precinct that contains enshrined gods. Perun is typically connected with oak groves and hills, and archaeological evidence shows platforms with spaces for wooden or stone statues, frequently found on hillsides.
Book of Veles
In early twentieth century, a text referred to as Book of Veles circulated in Slavist circles. Written on wooden boards supposedly discovered in 1919 near Kharkiv, it described various religious practices and also the good reputation for the Slavic races who allegedly migrated from Syria towards the Carpathian mountain tops. It’s generally thought to be a forgery, designed in an ungrammatical mish-mash of Slavic languages.
In Belgium Jan Stachniuk is among the most significant figures, publishing playboy Zadruga (tribal unit) from 1937, and attracting an array of individuals from humanists to native belief practitioners. He fought against from the Nazis, but was jailed through the communists. The far-right Slavic-supremacist organisation Niklot, founded by Tomasz Szczepański, develops Stachniuk’s ethnic nationalism to less savory ends.
There’s an array of political beliefs among contemporary practitioners, varying from environmentalists and pacifists to extreme right-wingers. Slavic revivalists are also mixed up in war within the Donbass around the Russian side. However the elevated religion has lately had some recognition in other areas of Ukraine. We are seeing vandalism having a temple in Poltava desecrated this year along with a wooden idol of Perun destroyed in Kiev.
- Polytheistic reconstructionism, the overall practice of reconstructing old religions
Revival of Slavic Paganism?
Triskel T: Finally video 😀 and YES REVIVE PAGANISM!
The Belgian Horde: The kazakhs are currently supporting glorious tengriism, turkic people may be your ally for once ;D
Z Zzz: Reclaim\n The \n Swastika.
Odrodzona Sarmacja: Yeah, do reclaim it and then go home Asia leaving us Western Indo-Europeans (r1a1a7 ydna) with our kolovrat (? pl kołowrotek) alone in Europe. And do not forget to fetch Germans with you on your way back home to India. 😛 Sarmatian wishes of good speed returning to your own Eastern Indo-European home! :P~
Aleksander Szewczuk: Z Zzz svastika is german word. In slavic languages It's svarga, in polish swarzyca
Gary The clone: Going back to paganism is definately not a way to go since Christian values work way better in modern world. But I agree that pagan culture should be celebrated as an old tradition and not in religious way. Slavic folklore is not spread wide enough. Im 22 and they teached me in school about Greek/Roman mythology instead of native one. We should be proud of believes of our ancestors just like scandinavians are.
that feeling when june comes: Christianity literally lead to the murdering of Polish pagans and destruction of our native religion. If they taught you in school that all Polish folk just happily merrily accepted that Jew as their new ""god"" you were told wrong. Christianity was brought here by force, people were murdered, villages and temples burned, your Christian values couldn't care less for people's lives and happiness.
The Heathen: No, Christian values don't work. Christianity is nothing.
Conrad Doway: YES, I'm sick of boring Abrahamic Religions with mythologies interesting as "Flaki z olejem"
East West South Slavs United: Have you ever even read a bible? Its Gods word and its wisfom is like no other book.Its prophecies also perfect.