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Slavic Gods and Heroes

1st Edition

By Judith Kalik, Alexander Uchitel

Routledge

186 pages

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This book offers a radical reinterpretation of the Slavic pagan religion made on the basis of a thorough re-examination of all reliable sources. What did Slavic pagan religion have in common with the Afro-American cult of voodoo? Why were no Slavic gods mentioned before the mid-tenth century, and why were there no Slavic gods at all between the Dnieper and the Oder? Why were Slavic foundation legends similar to the totemic myths of the nomadic peoples of the Eurasian Steppe, and who were Slavic Remus and Romulus? What were the Indo-European roots of Slavic hippomantic rituals, and where was the Eastern Slavic dragon Zmey Gorynych born? Answers to these and many other provocative questions can be found in this book.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Charts

List of Tables

Foreword

Introduction

Part One: Ancient Slavs

1. Ancient Slavs and their Neighbors

Slavic languages

Slav's homeland

Hydromymics

Names of the Slavs and Slavic names for their neighbors

Slavic migrations

Slavic scripts

Slavic society

Slavic states

The Christianization of the Slavs

2. Earliest Evidence of Slavic Religion

Procopius, The Gothic War

St. Boniface, A letter to King Ethelbald of Mercia

Ahmad ibn Fadlan, Travel-Report

Constantine Porphyrogenitus, De administrando imperio

Widukind of Corvey, Deeds of the Saxons

Leo the Deacon, History

3. Conclusions

Part Two: Gods

4. Sources

Documentary evidence

– Bruno of Querfurt, A Letter to King Henry II

The Magdeburg Charter

Historiography

– Thietmar of Merseburg, The Chronicle

– Adam of Bremen, History of the Archbishops

of Hamburg-Bremen

– Helmold of Bosau, The Chronicle of the Slavs

– Saxo Grammaticus, The History of the Danes

The Knytlinga Saga

The Russian Primary Chronicle

Hagiography

The Life of Otto, Apostle of Pomerania

–– Ebo

–– Herbord

–– Wolfger of Prüfening

Poetry

The Tale of Igor's Campaign

5. Svarozhich

6. Sventovit

7. Rugevit

8. Porevit, Porenut and Turupid

9. Pizamar and Chernoglav

10. Prove and Podaga

11. Triglav

12. Gerovit

13. Pripegala

14. "Vladimir's Gods"

Perun

Khors

Dazh'bog (Dazhd'bog)

Stribog

Simar'gl

Mokosh'

15. Volos (Veles)

16. Conclusions

Part Three: Heroes

17. Sources: Slavic National Historiography

Cosmas of Prague, The Chronicle of the Czechs

Gallus Anonymus, The Deeds of the Princes

of the Poles

Wincenty Kadłubek, Chronicles of the Kings and

Princes of Poland

The Chronicle of Great Poland

The Chronicle of Dalimil

Jan Długosz, Annals or Chronicles of the Famous Kingdom of Poland

18. Bohemia

Čech

Krok

Kazi

Tetka

Libuše

19. Little Poland

Wiślanie

– The Dragon of Wawel (Smok Wawelski)

– The Fratricide

– Wanda

Lędzianie

– Leszek I

– Leszek II

– Leszek III

20. Great Poland

21. Kiev

22. Croatia

23. Reconstruction

Appendix 1: Indo-European Hippomancy

India

Persia

Parthia

Greece

Rome

Germanic Tribes

Slavs

– Redarii

– Pomerania

– Rani

– Bohemia

– Little Poland

Ireland

Reconstruction

Appendix 2: Zmey Gorynych

Afterword

Bibliography

Index

About the Authors

Judith Kalik teaches East European history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has written extensively on the inter-religious encounters in Eastern Europe from the early Middle Ages to the early twentieth century.

Alexander Uchitel taught ancient history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and University of Haifa between 1985 and 2017. He is the author of numerous articles on diverse subjects related to the history and philology of ancient Greece and the ancient Near East.

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