Slavic Mythology

There are few complete written records documenting Slavic pagan beliefs. Research into the Slavic pre-Christian belief system is complicated, because the Slavic nobility and peasantry worshipped separate deities. In addition, Christian beliefs eventually were integrated into the myths, which further complicates the task of determining the original deities and their myths.

The names and attributes of some of the major and minor deities are known, however. They are presented here to serve as springboards for further research by storytellers and scholars.

Statue of Berehynia, Independence Square, Kiev

Bereginia

Bereginia Also known as: Berehinia, Perehinia are Russian variants; Polish variant is Bóginki Origin: Slavic Bereginia is a primordial goddess ...
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Bereginy

Bereginy

Bereginy Origin: Slavic Bereginy refers to a host of Slavic water spirits who serve as Bereginia’s entourage. Slavic women paid ...
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Byelabog

Byelabog

Byelabog: the deity of light, of all goodness and happiness. His name means “white god” and his prime adversary is ...
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Dazhbog

Dazhbog

Dazhbog (Dazbog, Dazdbog) (giving god) In Slavic mythology, sun god, son of Swarog, the sky god, and brother of Svarogich, ...
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Khors

Khors

Khors: a seemingly contradictory character described as the god of the Sun, chaos, and darkness ...
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Kikimora

Kikimora

Kikimora The Kikimora is a female house spirit with dominion over spinning, weaving and needlework. There is not one Kikimora ...
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Kupalo

Kupalo

Kupalo: a god of vegetation and the center of the celebration called Kupala. The festival was timed to midsummer night, ...
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Slavic Gods and Goddesses

Lada

Lada Origin: Slavic Spirit of love, beauty and spring, Lada was widely venerated throughout Slavic Europe as well as Baltic ...
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Slavic Gods and Goddesses

Lado

Lado Origin: Slavic Lado is the sacred partner and consort of Lada, Goddess of Spring. He is her male counterpart ...
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Mokosh

Mokosh

Mokosh Moist Also known as: Mokosha; Mokosz Origin: Slavic Mokosh is the spirit of moisture. She is an ancient spirit ...
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Perun

Perun

Perun: god of thunder and lightning, sometimes portrayed as the chief of the Slavic gods. Generally pictured as a man ...
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Rod

Rod

Rod: possibly the most ancient of the Slavic deities and probably a peasant’s deity. His name means “kin,” and he ...
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Rozhenitsa

Rozhenitsa

Rozhenitsa: the birth-giver, goddess of fertility or childbirth ...
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Stribog

Stribog

Stribog: god of the wind, cold, and conflicts ...
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Svantovit

Svantovit

Svantovit Strong Lord Origin: Slavic Svantovit, spirit of war and victory, was revered by Balts and Slavs alike and petitioned ...
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Slavic Gods and Goddesses

Svarog

Svarog Also known as: Swarog Origin: Slavic Svarog, Ruler of the Sun and Spirit of Fire, once headed the Slavic ...
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Volos

Volos

Volos Also known as: Veles Volos is the lord of cattle, wolves, wealth, and well-being. He defends the balance between ...
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Yarilo

Yarilo

Yarilo (also Jarilo or Yaro): god of the springtime and spring fertility. He is portrayed as a young man in ...
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Slavic Gods and Goddesses

Zorya

Zorya Also known as: The Auroras; Zaria; Zarya Origin: Slavic The Zorya are guardian goddesses, three sisters: • Zorya Utrennaya, ...
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