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Slavic Gods and Heroes


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This book offers a radical reinterpretation of the Slavic pagan religion made on the basis of a thorough reexamination of all reliable sources. What did Slavic pagan religion have in common with the Afro-American cult of Voodoo? Why were no Slavic gods mentioned before the mid-tenth century, and why were there no Slavic gods at all between the Dnieper and the Oder? Why were Slavic foundation legends similar to the totemic myths of the nomadic peoples of Eurasian steppe, and who were Slavic Remus and Romulus? What were the Indo-European roots of Slavic hippomantic rituals, and where was the Eastern Slavic dragon Zmey Gorynych born? Answers to these and many other provocative questions can be found in this book.
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Contents List of Charts List of Tables Foreword Introduction Part One: Ancient Slavs 1. Ancient Slavs and their Neighbors 1.1. Slavic languages 1.2. Slav's homeland 1.3 Hydromymics 1.4. Names of the Slavs and Slavic names for their neighbors 1.5. Slavic migrations 1.6. Slavic scripts 1.7. Slavic society 1.8. Slavic states 1.9. The Christianization of the Slavs 2. Earliest Evidences on the Slavic Religion 2.1. Procopius, The Gothic War 2.2. St. Boniface, A letter to King Ethelbald of Mercia 2.3. Ahmad ibn Fadlan, Travel-Report 2.4. Constantine Porphyrogenitus, De administrando imperio 2.5. Widukind of Corvey, Deeds of the Saxons 2.6. Leo the Deacon, History 3. Conclusions Part Two: Gods 1. Sources 1.1. Documentary evidence 1.1.1. Bruno of Querfurt, A Letter to King Henry II 1.1.2. The Magdeburg Charter 1. 2. Historiography 1.2.1. Thietmar of Merseburg, The Chronicle 1.2.2. Adam of Bremen, History of the Archbishops of Hamburg-Bremen 1.2.3. Helmold of Bosau, The Chronicle of the Slavs 1.2.4. Saxo Grammaticus, The History of the Danes 1.2.5. The Knytlinga Saga 1.2.6. The Russian Primary Chronicle 1.3. Hagiography 1.3.1. The Life of Otto, Apostle of Pomerania Ebo Herbord Wolfger of Prufening 1.4. Poetry 1.4.1. The Tale of Igor's Campaign 2. Svarozhich 3. Sventovit 4. Rugevit 5. Porevit, Porenut and Turupid 6. Pizamar and Chernoglav 7. Prove and Podaga 8. Triglav 9. Gerovit 10. Pripegala 11. "Vladimir's Gods" 11.1. Perun 11.2. Khors 11.3. Dazh'bog (Dazhd'bog) 11.4. Stribog 11.5 Simar'gl 11.6. Mokosh' 12. Volos (Veles) 13. Conclusions Part Three: Heroes 1. Sources: Slavic National Historiography 1.1. Cosmas of Prague, The Chronicle of the Czechs 1.2. Gallus Anonymus, The Deeds of the Princes of the Poles 1.3. Wincenty Kadlubek, Chronicles of the Kings and Princes of Poland 1.4. The Chronicle of Great Poland 1.5. The Chronicle of Dalimil 1.6. Jan Dlugosz, Annals or Chronicles of the Famous Kingdom of Poland 2. Bohemia 2.1. Cech 2.2. Krok 2.3. Kazi 2.4. Tetka 2.5. Libuse 3. Little Poland 3.1. Wislanie 3.1.1. The Dragon of Wawel (Smok Wawelski) 3.1.2. The Fratricide 3.1.3. Wanda 3.2. Ledzianie 3.2.1. Leszek I 3.2.2. Leszek II 3.2.3. Leszek III 4. Great Poland 5. Kiev 6. Croatia 7. Reconstruction Appendix 1: Indo-European Hippomancy 1. India 2. Persia 3. Parthia 4. Greece 5. Rome 6. Germanic Tribes 7. Slavs 7.1. Redarii 7.2. Pomerania 7.3. Rani 7.4. Bohemia 7.5. Little Poland 8. Ireland 9. Reconstruction Appendix 2: Zmey Gorynych Afterword Bibliography Index

About the Author

Judith Kalik teaches East European history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has written extensively on the inter-religious encounters in Eastern Europe from the early middle ages to the early twentieth century. Alexander Uchitel taught ancient history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and University of Haifa between 1985 and 2017. He is the author of numerous articles on diverse subjects related to the history and philology of Ancient Greece and the Ancient Near East.

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