Vodyanoy. V. Malyshev. Vodyanoy, 1910 Vodyanoy is said to appear as a naked old man with a frog-like face, greenish beard, and long hair, with his body covered in algae and muck, usually covered in black fish scales. He has webbed paws instead of hands, a fish's tail, and eyes that burn like red-hot coals. He usually rides along his river on a half-sunk log, making loud splashes. Consequently, he is often dubbed "grandfather" or "forefather" by the local people. When angered, the vodyanoy breaks dams, washes down water mills, and drowns people and animals. Vodník Typical projection of vodník in Czech or Slovak folklore Czech, Slovenian and Slovak tales have both evil and good vodníci (relative to human beings) who do (or don't, respectively) try to drown people when they happen to swim in their territory.
Cultural references See also References Rose, Carol (2001). External links Italian Folktales, Legends, Myths, Lores and Fairytales. The Armenian Wheel Of Eternity - Mythology - HyeForum. The Six Pointed Star of Armenia Filed under: Architecture, Art, Crafts, Culture, History, Religion, Science - March 7, 2012 Marble tombstone of the Armenian Grand Prince Hasan Jalal Vahtangian (1214-1261) A few months ago, I made a YouTube video about the history of the Armenian Wheel of Eternity.
Maybe the most iconic among many ancient Armenian symbols. As expected people started to ask questions and post comments. Most people today associate the six pointed star (hexagram) with the JewishStar of David (Magen David), as it is the modern symbol of Jewish identity and Judaism. Historically Armenians are skilled mathematicians, architects and craftsman. Geometry emerges from the study of natural laws. Floor plan of a Medieval Armenian Church of the Shepherd Among many symbols Armenians used the six pointed star for architectural purposes. As people who love to build and create Armenians have always valued science.
Zmaj and the Dragon Lore of Slavic Mythology. The dragon is one of the most well-known creatures in ancient mythology, and many cultures have this creature (or one of its related forms) in their folklore. In East Asian countries, for instance, dragons are regarded as symbols of power, strength and good fortune. They are believed to be benevolent creatures that have power over bodies of water, rain and floods. In Western Europe, by contrast, dragons are viewed as malevolent creatures that are the embodiment of evil. One popular motif of Western European art is that of St. In certain Slavic countries, dragons can viewed either as good or evil, depending on their sex. In Serbia, however, the zmaj is generally regarded as a benevolent being, just like the dragons of East Asia. An illustration of a zmaj with a ram’s head and serpent body, from Milenko Bodirogić’s “Fairies and Dragons – Serbian Mythology”.
‘The Great Red Dragon and the Woman clothed with the sun’ by William Blake (Wikimedia Commons) References Petrovitch, W. By Ḏḥwty. Latvian mythology. The seasons, festivals and numerous deities of historic Latvian mythology reflected the essential agrarian nature of Latvian tribal life. Much of its symbolism (an example is the pērkonkrusts or thunder cross) is ancient.
These seasons and festivals are still celebrated today—for example, Jāņi is a national holiday. History Territories of Baltic tribes at beginning of the 13th century. Early research sought to restore pagan religion practiced at the time. There are few reports of Baltic tribes, the ancestors of modern Latvians, and their mythology until Christianization in the 13th century. In the 18th and 19th centuries, it was assumed that Baltic tribes were originally one nation and thus had the same deities. Early authors trying to reconstruct a Latvian pantheon using data from neighboring regions. At the same time some pagan rites were still practiced. Celestial deities Afterlife The world of the dead is called Aizsaule or Viņsaule. Demons Slavic Mythology - the gods of Russia and Eastern Europe. Introduction A strange and wonderful range of fascinating deities ruling across most of Eastern Europe and Russia, from Poland and the Czech Republic to Belarus and the Ukraine.
From simple do-it-yourself Gods of Digging A Hole In The Ground to ones with three silver heads and a golden veil in a temple full of wealth, they cover a lot of ground. In Russian the word 'god' is 'bog', and we promise you will never regard bogs in the same way again. There are also a staggering number of legendary characters named 'Ivan'. Part of their fascination is that many Slavic deities are shrouded in mystery, their true nature obliterated by time and rampant Christian conversion. Popular pagan gods were sucked into the Jesus roadshow and transmogrified into saints or worse. Garbled tales and even invented Gods have been thrown into the mix by well-meaning but bewildered scholars attempting to reconstitute the original beliefs. Many Gods are spread across different regions, cultures and tribes. Finnish mythology. Finnish mythology is the mythology that goes with Finnish paganism, of which a modern revival is practiced by a small percentage of the Finnish people.
It has many features shared with fellow Finnic Estonian mythology and its non-Finnic neighbours, the Balts and the Scandinavians. Some of their myths are also distantly related to the myths of other Finno-Ugric speakers like the Samis. Finnish mythology survived within an oral tradition of mythical poem-singing and folklore well into the 19th century. Although the gradual influence of surrounding cultures raised the significance of the sky-god in a monolatristic manner, the father god "Ukko" (Old Man) was originally just a nature spirit like all the others.
Of the animals, the most sacred was the bear, whose real name was never uttered out loud, lest his kind be unfavorable to the hunting. Study of Finnish mythological and religious history The origins and the structure of the world Earth was believed to be flat. Places Slavic mythology. Many generations of Slavic artists were inspired by their national folklore: Ilya Yefimovich Repin, Sadko in the Underwater Kingdom (1876) Slavic mythology is the mythological aspect of the polytheistic religion that was practised by the Slavs before Christianisation.
The religion possesses many common traits with other religions descended from the Proto-Indo-European religion. Old Slavic religion evolved over more than a thousand years and some parts of it were from neolithic or possibly even mesolithic times. The Earth was worshipped as Mat Zemlya and there were no temples. Modern wooden statue of Perun, the god of thunder and lightning, Ruthenia Sources of information Unlike Greek, Indian or Egyptian mythology, there are no first-hand records for the study of Slavic mythology. Written sources Artistic representation of Saxo Grammaticus Though considered authentic by some Slavic neopagans, the Book of Veles appears to be a forgery from the first half of the twentieth century.