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Correlations of Slavic Deities

 


God / Goddess

Saint

Time

Natural Phenomenon

Spiritual Phenomenon

Cult place

Rituals, tools

Animal

Plant

Perun

Saint Elijah, Ognjena Marija (Fiery Mary)

The Transfiguration Day, Thursday,  St Padovic's Day (Perin Dan)

thunder, fire

alas (female demons), fiery rooster

sacred grove, talisman

sacrifices, litany, horn

he-chamois

iris, oak tree, sage

Svetovid

Saint Vitus, Lazarus

Kupalo Day (John the bather day), St Vitus's day (Vidovdan)

fire, ember

Jabuchilo (the winged horse)

temple

horn, sward

white horse, rooster

peony, ash

Svarog

The God

Sunrise, Carnival

sun, rainbow, sky

Fairies, ancestors, Belobog

Circle, hearth

Christmas carols, toast, chesnica (Christmas bread)

eagle, rooster

yew, pine, grain, walnuts

Veles

Saint Basil, Blessed Cornelius and Blaise

St Blaise's Day, autumn

The Seven Sisters

lesnik, dragons

fields

wolf hunting (Vučari), cane

wolf, cattle

herbs, oak

Mokosh

Madonna, Saint Paraskevi

Annunciation, Presentation of Mary, Friday

evil eyes

Domovoi

home, temple

spell casting, bonfires, bees

bees, sheep, snakes

linden, flax, St John's wort

Triglav

Holy Trinity

September

night

Troyan

mountains

auspice, sward, spear

black horse, goose

grapes, elder

Radgost

Saint Andrew, Saint Triphon

Monday

wind

witches

House threshold, temple

toast, bread, salt

boar, bear, swan

walnut, horse bean, house leek

Voden

Saint Nicholas

St Nicholas Day, Wednesday

healing waters

Water fairies

Water, springs

healing, baptism

fish, deer

willow, fern

Siva

Saint Varvara, Madonna

September

Abundance

Forest mother

Fields, talisman

assembly, gifts

rooster, snake

grapes, grain

Gerovit

St George

Jarilo, April

flourishing of nature

dragons

Rivers, forests

Lada's ritual (queens), pipes

forest and farm animals

rose, cherry, geranium

Morana

Saint Mrata, Saint Atanasius

Friday, calendar

frost, blizzard

Witches, Plague,  Pestilence

Cemeteries, crossroads

lapot, hawthorn stake

Butterfly, raven, cat

thyme, juniper

Vesna

Newly-weds Day

early summer

blooming

Expulsion of Morana

Rivers, fields

dodole, wreaths

swallow, stork

violet, breech, willow

Stribog

Saint Bartholomew, St Stephen the Windy

summer, winter

winds, hail

Fate, Zduhach

Cemeteries, crossroads

talismans, chains

eagle, Aesculapian snake

hawthorn, oak tree

Lada

Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael

St Peter's Day, Ivandan Festoon

sun, rain

Polevik

Fields, hills

bonfires, wreaths

rooster, deer

linden, plum, cherry

Dazhbog

Saint Sava

October

sun

Daba, werewolves

Silver mine

auspice, censer

Limping wolf (white)

apple, basil

Slava

Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki

war, Family Saint's Day

battles

Pegasus

Battle ground

celebrations, statues

horse

laurel, vine, olives

Hors

Ognjena Marija (Fiery Mary)

daybreak

Morning star

Drekavac (screaming creature)

watermill

bread baking, jar

Black wolf, falcon

garlic

Simargl

The Holy Ghost

every day

fire

Kikimora, Domovoi

hearthok

Family Saint's Days, chains

snake

houseleek, basil

(the table is taken over from the book The Primer of Slavic Spirituality by Momir Jankovich, where a more extensive version can be seen)
As we can see above, the mytology of the Slavs can surely be systematized. All the deities not only have their astrological correspondencies, but they can also be associated with plants, animals, and various spiritual and natural phenomena. This fact does not go in the favour of the theoriticians who regard Slavic mythology as being inferior to others. Many of them are of an opinion that the spiritual life of the Slavs was very poor, and that the Slavic people were uncivilised. Fortunately, we are witnessing a new generation of scientists and theoreticians who are, slowly but surely, putting Slavic spirituality back in its righteous place.

 

Vesna Kakaševski
Translated by Jelena Salipurović