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Ancient slavs

  • Old Russian shrines

    Externally, the sanctuary looked like a real fortress on the high bank of the gums: deep moat, high horseshoe-shaped shaft and wooden walls (fence?) on the upper edge of the site. The diameter of the round (now triangular) site was about 60 m, that is, it was equal to the diameter of medium-sized...

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  • Calendar of the ancient Slavs

    The dual faith was most clearly reflected in the peasant agricultural calendar, where the veneration of Christian saints was closely intertwined with pagan beliefs and rites. Over time, many of the most important rituals for the pagan were taken less seriously and gradually turned into children's...

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  • Fertility god

    Veles (Volos, Vlas was the fertility god associated with Navuu (the lower world) ) The name Veles dates back to the ancient root " led " with the value " dead ". But since the concept of magical power was associated with the world of the dead, the possessor of which subordin...

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  • Slavic mythology. Water

    Waterman, waterman, waterman, in Slavic mythology an evil spirit, the embodiment of a dangerous and formidable water elements. Most often, he appeared in the guise of a man with the features of an animal - paws instead of hands, horns on his head, or an ugly old man entangled in mud with a long b...

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  • Brownie

    They say that a brownie still lives in every village hut, but not everyone this is known. His name is his grandfather, master, sededkoy, housewife, demon-khomorozhitel, but he is all - the keeper of the hearth, the invisible assistant to the owners. more from mischief. The main thing is his cas...

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  • Slavic mythology. Goblin

    Leshy, forester, leschak, forest, foresun, forester - forest spirit in Slavic mythology . Leshy lives in every forest, especially loves spruce. Dressed like a man - a red sash, the left half of a caftan is usually smelled behind the right, and not vice versa, as everyone wears. The shoes are co...

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  • Witchcraft in Russia

    Witchcraft, magic, sorcery - the ability of some people to do harm or get rid of it by magic ceremonies, as a rule, without the use of physical influence, were an integral part of the life of the Slavs. Ancient manuscript books called the Black Book - Volkhovnik, Enchantress, Myslennik, Kolyadnit...

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  • Healing in Russia

    People engaged in healing (from the word " aim ", " do the whole " ), i.e., those who were engaged in activities aimed at restoring human health, have always been in ancient Russia. They are not associated with any structures of society, professional training, but possessed he...

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  • Rite on the day of Ivan Kupala

    The Kupala ritual among the Slavs dates from June 23 - 29. P. Bessonov recorded an interesting cycle of Kupala ritual songs. Songs on Kupala (night from June 23 to 24, the solstice) is a special, clearly distinguishing and very archaic cycle, they are accompanied by a refrain « that's it! & ...

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  • Deities - Monsters

    The most terrible thought was the ruler of the underground and underwater world & ndash; Snake. Serpent & ndash; mighty and hostile monster & ndash; found in the mythology of almost any nation. The ancient representations of the Slavs about the Snake are preserved in fairy tales. Northern Slavs...

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  • Home deities

    Small deities did not only inhabit forests and waters. Many domestic deities are known & ndash; goodwill and well-wishers, headed by a brownie, who lived either in the undercoat or in a bast shoe, hung for him on the stove. The brownie was transferred to the new house in a pot with coals from th...

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  • Humanoid deities

    Over time, people became more and more freed from fear of the animal world, and animal features in images deities gradually began to give way to human ones. The owner of the forest from a bear turned into a shaggy goblin with horns and paws, but still resembling a man. Leshem, the patron of hunt...

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  • Beast deities

    In the distant era, when the main occupation of the Slavs was hunting, not farming, they believed that wild animals & ndash; their grandparents. The Slavs considered them powerful deities to be worshiped. Each tribe had its own totem, i.e. the sacred animal that the tribe worshiped. Several t...

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  • Paganism in Russia

    The pagans looked at a person’s life from a purely material side: under the domination of physical strength, a person was weak being the most unhappy creature, and again such a person’s life was considered a feat of compassion. The religion of the Eastern Slavs is strikingly similar to the origin...

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  • Beliefs of the ancient Slavs

    The ancient Slavs are pagans who deified the forces of nature. Their main gods were: God mouth - the god of heaven and earth; Perun - the god of thunder and lightning, as well as war and weapons; Volos or Veles - the god of wealth and herding; Say god (or Yarilo) - a solar deity of light, warmt...

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  • Yaroslav the Wise

    Yaroslav the Wise (about 978 - 1054), - Grand Prince of Kiev, son of Prince Vladimir I Svyatoslavovich. It was under Yaroslav that the state of Kievan Rus reached its highest power. Kiev has become one of the largest cities in Europe, competing with Constantinople. Under Yaroslav the Wise, Rus ...

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  • Svyatopolk the Cursed

    Svyatopolk the Cursed is the Grand Duke of Kiev (1015-19), the son of Yaropolk adopted by Vladimir. According to the official version, even at the time when Prince Vladimir was alive, Svyatopolk was preparing a conspiracy against it, wanting to remove him from the throne. However, Svyatopolk mana...

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  • Prince Vladimir

    Prince Vladimir I Svyatoslavovich (? -1015) & ndash; Grand Duke of Kiev, one of the most controversial and legendary rulers of Ancient Russia. A zealous pagan with about 800 wives in his harem and an exemplary Christian, Prince Vladimir contributed to the territorial expansion and strengthening o...

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  • Svyatoslav Igorevich

    Svyatoslav Igorevich (927 - 972) - Grand Prince of Kiev, son of Prince Igor and Princess Olga, went down in history as a great commander and conqueror. From a young age, Svyatoslav cultivated a habit of deprivation. There was a stern and strong warrior. Under Prince Svyatoslav, the borders of K...

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  • Princess Olga

    Princess Olga (~ 890-969) & ndash; The Grand Duchess, the widow of Grand Duke Igor Rurikovich, who was killed by the Drevlians, ruled that Russia ruled over the infancy of their son Svyatoslav. The name of Princess Olga is at the source of Russian history, and is associated with the greatest even...

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  • Prophetic Oleg

    Prophetic Oleg (that is, who knows the future) (died in 912) , - the great old Russian prince that came to power immediately after the legendary Rurik - the first ruler of Russia. It is Prophetic Oleg who belongs to the merit of the formation of the Old Russian State & ndash; Kievan Rus, with a ...

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  • Rurik

    Rurik (862 - 879) & ndash; the first great Russian prince, one of the legendary figures in European history, the founder of the Old Russian state. According to the annals, called up from the Varangians by the Slavs, Krivichs, a miracle and the whole in 862, Rurik first occupied Ladoga, and then m...

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  • Russian Orthodoxy

    Is Russian Orthodoxy really so different from paganism? Historians and ethnographers have long noted that after the Baptism of Rus, many ancient pagan gods did not lose their admirers. They simply began to honor these gods under other names - the names of Orthodox saints: the Thunderer Perun bega...

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  • Baptism of Russia

    Baptism of Russia & ndash; one of the most important cultural events in the history of Ancient Russia. It put an end to the pagan and the beginning of the Christian history of Russia. The baptism of Russia took place at the end of the 9th century, with the efforts undertaken by Prince Vladimir i...

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  • Rite of Funeral

    Despite the fact that Russia was baptized in the IX century, for two more - for the next three centuries, many villagers continued to conduct the ritual of the funeral in pagan style, and sometimes combined two rituals - Christian and pagan. In the burials of those times, along with Orthodox cros...

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  • Slavic Idols

    Slavic idols — the stone and wooden sculptures that conveyed the image of the Slavic gods were an indispensable attribute of the priestly religious rites of Ancient Russia. Until today, there are very few idols. This fact is explained not so much by the persecution of paganism, but by the ...

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  • Slavic gods

    All Slavic gods that were part of the ancient pagan pantheon were divided into the gods of the suns and functional gods . The supreme deity of the Slavs was Svarog (aka Rod). There were four solar gods: Horse, Yarilo, Dazhbog and Svarog. Functional gods of the Slavs: Perun - patron of lightning...

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  • Mythology Slavs

    Mythology of the Slavs in Russia in many respects, adhered to the basic mythological representations of the ancient Slavs (Praslav) of time their unity (until the end of the 1st millennium AD.). As the Slavs settled from the Proto-Slavonic territory (between the Vistula and the Dnieper) across Ce...

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  • Culture Slavs

    The Slavic culture was formed on the basis of three natural factors, which included forest, river and steppe. Many peoples claimed the role of owners of the Great Russian Steppe, but only the ancient Russians managed to not only gain a foothold, but eventually create one of the most powerful anci...

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  • Norman Theory

    Norman theory & ndash; a complex of scientific representations, according to which, it was the Scandinavians (i.e., " Varangians "), who were called to rule Russia, laid the first foundations of statehood on it. According to Norman theory, some Western and Russian scholars raise the que...

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  • Russia

    Russia (Russian land) is the name of the state and political entity of the Eastern Slavs IX & ndash; XIII century created the old Russian state. Then, the concept of " Russia " not so much the name of the people as the designation of territories — lands and principalities. The...

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  • Hyperborea

    Hyperborea (aka Arctida) is the mother of all world culture, a country known to us from ancient manuscripts. Location - Northern Europe. Traces of this ancient civilization are believed to have been found on the Kola Peninsula. There is no doubt that the ancient Hyperborea is directly related t...

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