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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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLnOEYXpf-c
  • 10. Modern Events: Modern Slavic Pagan Feast http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oimyM8XVmmo
  • 11. Modern Events: Legends of Kiev http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSrl6SiJE-I
  • 12. Characters of Russian Folklore http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=A35EjOy OjP8
  • 13. Slavic Gods: Slavic Union http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2OEsbwya6o
  • 14. Russian Artwork http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdKyZMibNSk
  • 15. Sources Koshchei the deathless. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.edline.net/files/_kXAjY_/9a6b9da56c026 d453745a49013852ec4/koshchei_deathless.pdf Morana. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://epika.org/house-of-mythology/13-morena North-europe realms. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://inanna.virtualave.net/slavic.html Perun . (2013). Retrieved from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/453296 /Perun
  • 16. Sources Slavic mythology (google ebook). eM Publications. Retrieved from http://books.google.com/books?id=i7TqYiG9PIgC&dq =zaria slavic goddess of beauty&source=gbs_navlinks_s Slavic mythology [Web]. (2008). Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdKyZMibNSk "Veles (god) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veles_(god)