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A brief insight into deities of the old Slavic mythology. 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. Rituals were performed in nature.

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Veles is a major Slavic god of earth, waters and the underworld, associated with dragons, cattle, magic, musicians, wealth and trickery. He is also the opponent of thunder-god Perun, and the battle between two of them constitutes one of the most important myths of Slavic mythology. No direct accounts survive, but reconstructions speculate that he may directly continue aspects of the Proto-Indo-European pantheon and that he may have been imagined as (at least partially) serpentine, with horns (of a bull, ram or some other domesticated herbivore), and a long beard. Veles is a son of cow Zemun and Rod. He is represented as a horny, strong young man (being a son of a cow and the god of cattle), but also as a gray old man with white beard and shepherd's stick (here, he is the protector of shepherds and wisdom, but also a manly, false symbol of fertility). His wife was Devana, goddess of hunting and mother goddess, the ruler of woods and creatures of the woods.

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Veles ist ein großen slawischen Gott der Erde, Wasser und der Unterwelt, Drachen, Vieh, Magie, Musiker, Reichtum und Tricks zugeordnet. Er ist auch der Gegner der Donnergott Perun, und der Kampf zwischen zwei von ihnen bildet eines der wichtigsten Mythen der slawischen Mythologie. Keine direkten Konten überlebt, sondern Rekonstruktionen zu spekulieren, dass er Aspekte des protoindoeuropäischen Pantheons direkt fortgesetzt werden kann und dass er als (zumindest teilweise) serpentine, mit Hörnern (von einem Stier, Ram oder einige andere domestizierte Pflanzenfresser) und einen langen Bart hätte vorstellen kann. Veles ist ein Sohn von Kuh Zemun und Rod. Er wird dargestellt als geile, starker junger Mann (als Sohn einer Kuh und der Gott der Rinder), sondern auch als ein graues Alter Mann mit weißen Bart und shepherd's Stock (hier, er ist der Beschützer der Hirten und der Weisheit, sondern auch ein männlich, falsche Symbol der Fruchtbarkeit). Seine Frau war Devana, Göttin der Jagd und Muttergöttin, der Herrscher von Wald und Kreaturen des Waldes.

Domain: Religion; Category: General religion

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