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Baba Yaga
An aged crone, often described as a witch or an ogress, who dwells in the forest and appears in several Russian folktales. In some sources She is solitary, in others She is any of three sisters, each having the same name. She/They dwell in a marvelous hut,...
Baba Yaga: A Demon or A Goddess?
Growing up in Kiev, Ukraine, I loved reading and listening to fairy tales. These stories, filled with Slavic flavor, were opening up a new world for me, a world where one is to learn lessons and always to succeed, a world in which no matter how many hardships...
Beda
(disaster) Goddess of misfortune and disaster....
Belobog
(The White God) West Slavonic. A God of happiness and luck....
Bestalannitsa
(Luckless) Goddess of misfortune....
Chernobog
(The Black God) West Slavonic A God of evil, grief and woe. His legend is one source of inspiration for the music of Moussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain"....
Chernogolov
(Black-Head) A God of misfortune who was representative as man wih black head and silver moustaches....
Dabog
(Gift-Lord ?) South Slavonic A clear cognate with Dazhdebog, below. Some sources, however, hold that Dabog is an earthly, rather than aerial figure, and that the two should be differentiated....
Dazhdebog
(Gift-Lord, The God of Gifts) East Slavonic A God of sun and warmth, son of Svarog and one of the eight primary Slavonic deities. He is regarded as the ultimate ancestor of the Russian people, and even today a poetic reference to Russians can be made using...
Div
(miracle) God of the miraculous, also a God of the wildwood (thicket) who was hostile to humanity. At first he was a God of clear sky, but the tales tell that He was overthrown from the sky by Perun, and settled in the thicket of wood....
Dolya
(fate) Goddess of happiness and luck....
Gore
(Grief) Goddess of grief and woe....
Jarila
The Serbo-Croatian equivalent of Yarila....
Khors
God of sun and light, and one of the eight primary Slavonic deities. He seems to have an association with dogs, as well....
Koshchei the Deathless
A mythological figure, the ruler of a land variously described as "Thrice-Ten Kingdom, or the "Kingdom Beyond Blue Kingdoms". He is nearly immortal, having (as is so often the case) but one mortal weakness: a pin in his possession (and very...
Kostroma
(from "Koster" = 'bonfire') A fertility Goddess, personification of spring, who dies at the end of spring, only to arise once more at the end of winter. She was represented as girl dressed in white with oak branch in the hand. Her thatched scarecrow...
Krivda
(insult) Goddess of bitterness, hatred, and offence....
Kruchina
(grieving) A Goddess of mourning, imaged as an eternally weeping woman....
Kupala
God of summer, husband of his sister Marena. His thatched scarecrow is burnt in a bonfire on the holiday of "Ivana Kupala" (the day of Summer Sunstaying)....
Lada
Goddess of love and beauty. She was represented as girl dressed in white with flower wreath on the head and with flowers in the hands....
Lel
God of love. He was represented as youth dressed in white with flower wreath on the head....
Likho Odnoglazoye
((Likho One-eye ["likhiy"= 'odd'] ) A Goddess of privation and suffering that was represented as thin, one-eyed, old woman....
Marena
The Goddess of winter, and as such She became (not unpredictably) a spirit of hunger, sickness, epidemic, and death. Nevertheless, late versions of Her show an increasing association with home and hearth. She was wife of her brother Kupala. In Christian time...
Maria Morevna
Probably not divine as such, there are nevertheless some echoes of a connection with Marena. She is a warrior-princess who figures in one version of the Koshchei cycle. She weds Prince Ivan, and warns him from examining a particular room in her kremlin. In it,...
Marzana
Poland. The Polish equivalent of Marena....
Mokosh
(Weaver or Spinner) Goddess of home and hearth, perhaps sovereign over the Domovoi, a patroness of fertility and midwivery, and one of the eight primary Slavonic deities. She was the wife of Perun, and was represented as a woman with a large head, long arms...
Nav
(related to Aryan for "Boat") The Goddess of Death. She is said to secretly cast up a little bone ("Navya kostochka" = `Nav's bone') in a victim's food, and when the fragment is swallowed, they die. Her sacred day was "Naviy den"...
Nedolya
(Unfated) A Goddess of sadness and dissatisfation....
Nesreha
Yugoslavia. The Serbian equivalent of Nestrecha....
Nestrecha
A goddess of grief and failure....
Nuzhda
A Goddess of hardship and poverty....
Perun
Pan-Slavonic. God of lightning, thunder, storm and (probably) war, and one of the eight primary deities. He was patron of nobility and of armies. His sacred day is Thursday. He is lord of the mountains and the forest (his tree is the oak). He was represented...
Podaga
Balto-Slavonic. A God of fire....
Pogoda
Poland. The Polish equivalent of Podaga....
Polel
Poland. The Polish equivalent of Lel....
Porevit
West Slavonic. A God of the woods; he has no idol or image, but is considered to be manifest throughout the forest primeval. His sacred day is Tuesday. Among the Baltic Slavs (whose name for him was Prove), especially in the area around Stargard, He was...
Porvata
Poland. The Polish equivalent of Porevit....
Prince Ivan
Not a divinity as such, but there are some echoes of a connection to Kupala. Ivan figures in a cycle of tales in several different versions, in which he inlists the aid of creatures he has formerly made a pact with in an initiatory gloss, to encompass the...
Rakh
(probably from "Strakh" = `fear') A God of fear and unreason....
Rod
A God of fertility and family, chiefly concerned with continuation of blood lines and the extention and glorification of clans. He has a number of attendants and servitors, collectively called the Rozhenitsy (sing. Rozhenitsa)....
Rugievit
West Slavonic. A local tutelary, a seven-headed warrior God associated with the South Baltic island of Rugen. See also, Svantavit....
Sedz
Poland. The Polish equivalent of Sud....
Semargl
(Seven-Head) Pan Slavonic God of soil and fertility, one of the eight primary deities. Like Rugievit, whom He may be a variant of, He was represented as man with seven heads....
Sreha
Yugoslavia. Serbian equivalent of Ustrecha....
Stribog
([paternal-] Uncle-Lord) Pan Slavonic God of sky, air and wind, and one of the eight primary deities. He is said to be the ancestor of eight grandsons, each the Wind of a particular direction....
Sud
A God of destiny and glory. When he strews gold in his palace, those born at that time are preordained to become wealthy. But when he scatters earthen clods, those born then are destined to poverty. He has a number of servitors, collectively known as the...
Svantavit
West Slavonic. God of war. He was represented as man with four heads (facing the cardinal directions) and with sword, spears, and standards in hand. His sacred bird was the eagle, his colour was red. The center of his cult was a four-pillared temple in Arcona...
Svarog
(Fear-Lord) God of fire, and one of the eight primary deities. He was patron of smiths, and is considered a patron of artisans and craftsmen, as well. He also has some connection to marriage. He is the father of Dazhdebog and was represented as a horseman...
The Banniki
(sing. Bannik) Any of a class of household spirits, these being particularly associated with the bath-house, or Sauna....
The Domoviye
(sing. Domovoi) Any of a class of household spirits, animistic tutelaries of hearth and home who function as guardians and helps or hindrances in household affairs....
The Gumeniki
(sing. Gumenik) Any of a class of animistic spirits, tutelaries to storehouses, grainaries, and the like....
The Leshiye
(sing. Leshy) Any of a class of animistic nature spirits, having charge and stewardship over wild animals. As the idea evolved, Leshy spirits came to be seen as guides and guardians of domesticated creatures, as well....
The Ovinniki
(sing. Ovinnik) Any of a class of animistic spirits having tutelary functions over drying-houses and food preservation....
The Poleviki
(sing. Polevik) Any of a class of animistic nature-spirits, having authority over fields and pasturage....
The Vampires
(Slavonic Vlkoslak, Wampyr) Any of a class of spirits associated with tainted souls who cannot rest in their graves. The idea of vampirism has taken hold of popular imagination in recent decades; the Slavic original is quite recognizable, even through the...
Troyan
(The Triune One) The God of night and darkness. He was represented as a three-headed man with golden bands in his eyes. His three heads embodied his power over earth, sky and hell....
Tryglaw
Poland. The Polish equivalent of Troyan....
Ustrecha
(Meeting) Goddess of happiness and luck....
Usud
Yugoslavia. The Serbo-Croatian equivalent of Sud....
Vasilisa the Wise
Not divine as such, she is the princess figure in one version of the Koshchei cycle. Her tale relates that she was transformed by her father into the semblance of a frog. She encounters Prince Ivan as he searches for his destiny, and induces him to marry her,...
Vazily, The
(sing. Vazila) Any of a class of household tutelary spirits; these to be found in and concerned with the stables...
Vili, The
(sing. Vila) Any of a class of Slavic dryads, tree-spirits who are exclusively female. They are often vicious and cruel, and have a dire reputation; nevertheless, if one succeeds in approaching a Vila properly, she may be inclined to heal, give advice, reveal...
Vodyanoi, The
Any of a class of animistic nature-spirits, beings associated with and having control over water: springs, pools, lakes, rivers, etc....
Volos
(Hair) East Slavonic. God of cattle, and one of the eight primary deities. Later he also became known as a God of wealth. He was a patron of the people, as opposed to Perun's association with the Prince and his troops. During the harvest, peasants sacrificed...
Yarila
God of spring fertility. He was represented as young man dressed in white with wheaten wreath on the head, wheaten ears in right hand and human head in left hand. In Christian times his functions removed to St.George....
Yarylo
Belarus and Ukrainian equivalent of Yarila. In Belarus, he gradually evolved into a female deity....
Zhiva
West Slavonic Goddess of life vigour. She was chief goddess of the Western Slavs....
Zywye
Poland. The Polish equivalent of Zhiva....

Slavic is described in multiple online sources, as addition to our editors' articles, see section below for printable documents, books and related discussion.

Suggested Pdf Resources

Church Slavic
Church Slavic. Church Slavic. Numeric Value.
FROM PROTO-INDO-EUROPEAN TO SLAVIC
Scholarly article (2002) Frederik Kortlandt, tracing the development of Slavic phonology from its Proto-Indo-European origins.
Unicode for Slavic Medievalists
Unicode for Slavic Medievalists. David J. Birnbaum.
POLISH IN PITTSBURGH AND POLAND DEPARTMENT OF SLAVIC
DEPARTMENT OF SLAVIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES.
Primitive Slavic Culture

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Suggested Web Resources

Slavic peoples - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Slavs of America, Origin of Slavs & A little Slavic History
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Slavic Review
Slavic Review at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

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