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Russian mythology



A Primer on Russian Mythology for Mahwah High School's English Department

A Primer on Russian Mythology for Mahwah High School's English Department



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  • 1. The Egg Symbol of life  Female cell in which embryo is formed Colorful eggs are the symbol for Easter  This custom especially popular in Russia  Many egg references in Russian mythology The universe was formed from an egg  Egg rolled into water and broke in half  Lower half – Earth  Upper half – Sky
  • 2. Major Gods/People Perun Koshchei the Deathless Eastre Zaria Veles Morana
  • 3. Perun Thunder god  Overseer of right and order Actions are perceived by the senses  Sight – thunder bolt  Sound – rattle of stones  Touch – ax blade
  • 4. Koshchei the Deathless Strangest and most unpleasant person in all Russian folk tales Believes he cannot die because his “death” or “soul” is not in his body His death is in an egg, which is inside a duck, which is inside a hare (hence “deathless”)
  • 5. Eastre Saxon goddess Name means “Radiant Dawn” Lady of Spring Her name is where we got the name for the Easter holiday Her sacred animal is the rabbit
  • 6. Zaria Goddess of beauty Associated with the morning Water priestess that protected warriors Known to her worshippers as “the heavenly bride”
  • 7. Veles/Volos God of earth, water, and the underworld Opponent of Perun  Their battle constitutes a major story of Russian mythology The dead watch over his cattle
  • 8. Morana Goddess of harvest, witchcraft, winter, a nd death Arrival expected with fear, departure celebrated Associated with Mora, a female demon that caused nightmares Entered homes at night and tormented people, especially children
  • 9. Modern Events: New Mythology Art
  • 10. Modern Events: Modern Slavic Pagan Feast
  • 11. Modern Events: Legends of Kiev
  • 12. Characters of Russian Folklore om/watch?v=A35EjOy OjP8
  • 13. Slavic Gods: Slavic Union
  • 14. Russian Artwork
  • 15. Sources Koshchei the deathless. (n.d.). Retrieved from d453745a49013852ec4/koshchei_deathless.pdf Morana. (n.d.). Retrieved from North-europe realms. (n.d.). Retrieved from Perun . (2013). Retrieved from /Perun
  • 16. Sources Slavic mythology (google ebook). eM Publications. Retrieved from =zaria slavic goddess of beauty&source=gbs_navlinks_s Slavic mythology [Web]. (2008). Retrieved from "Veles (god) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2013. <