I didn’t really write that much last two weeks, but you guys need to see this!
This awesome site gives you ideas what to offer, what to hold on your altar, where and when to offer and plus some sources on almost all of the common Slavic Gods. It also includes animals and rites to some Gods only found in the South-Slavic pantheon.
I personally avoid giving out living/animal/human offerings, but if you doo this yourself, its a great source. Even if you don’t, you’ll still find it very useful. Some of the Gods are a bit mashed up (since the sources are probably only Serbian- wich is totally fine), but I’m sure everyone can find their way and use the info here.
Everyone needs to read this!!!
I really don’t know what to say, I’m native Slavic and I never really gave out any offerings outside of the Savic lands.
What you migh do is actually ask a native American if they actually have something against that in their customs. I highly doubt they do bc people in the time, where our religions come from, were very very accepting towards other religions and peoples, especially if they were from far away (like in your case). So try asking a Native American that practices a native religion or try even contacting a native religious organization of your area.
You could do that with a plant, too. If you need a idea what to pick out (korespondences Gods-Plants), let me know.
As I said, I doubt the NA Gods and spirits would ever have anything against it. If you still feel weird about it, remember that all peoples, troughout the world, believe in and follow the same Gods and spirits, but only with different names.
Rain is rain everywhere, and the Sun is still the Sun, no matter where you’re at.
God Jarilo’s mythology
Okay, after 3 or 4 days of waiting, I’m back to write about a theme, rudeness—overload asked for. You can still ask for themes, just contact me on either my private or this blog.
So, my freind asked for a text about the God Jarilo. Also, he might occur to you with the name of Jar, Juraj, Jura, Đura, Jarovit, Gerovit, Iarilo, George etc etc etc.
Jarilo (I’ll just use this spelling in the text, you can call him whatever you like) is the God of Spring/Summer, fertility, vegetation, shapeshifting. Mostly, he is associated with springtime, but also with young men, male fertility and growth (if you know what I mean :P). No really, sexual, phisical and menatl growth. So, you know now whom to speak to when you want to prosper… in any way.
Due to the numerous spellings, we can see Jarilo was a important figure in mythologies troughout the Slavic lands. So, with no doubt, we can say that he was very very important in Savic mythology, a plot-twisting figure, even. But let’s get to the myth.
Now that we know what he’s tied to, we can talk about his mythos. He is the main actor in Slavic mythology, as said above, a plot-twisting God. In most sources, Jarilo is the son of Perun, born in Winter (Velja Noć). I wrote about Perun here. Now, that alone doesn’t make Jarilo very important… Untill he is stolen by Veles. Why does that happen?
The main myth in Savic mythology is the myth of Perun and Veles and their eternal battle. I wrote about it here. Now, what happens is that Veles steals Jarilo from Perun (kidnaps) and takes him to Nav (underworld). This starts the whole “battle” between these two, where Perun wants his son back and Veles won’t give him back. Anyways, if youre interested in that, read the whole text that explains the whole myth and it’s background/start.
That’s about that when it comes to Jarilo and how he is tied to the myth of Perun and Veles. Let’s get to only Jarilo’s myth/life now. I will quote Wikipedia now, because this info is (in my oppinion) spot on:
Jarilo was a son of the supreme Slavic god of thunder, Perun, his lost, missing, tenth son, born on the last night of February, the festival of Velja Noć (Great Night), the pagan Slavic celebration of the New Year. On the same night, however, Jarilo was stolen from his father and taken to the world of the dead, where he was adopted and raised by Veles. The Slavs believed the underworld to be an ever-green world of eternal spring and wet, grassy plains, where Jarilo grew up guarding the cattle of his stepfather.
With the advent of spring, Jarilo returned from the underworld, that is, bringing spring and fertility to the land.
Jarilo is a very important God, without him or his stealing we wouldn’t have Spring. He returns life to our world (Jav) and awakens dead plants and fields, giving back life to us and our crops. And this happens troughout Spring.
As Slavs are, there are quite a few ways this myth is explained and there are quite a few details that are questionable. Some say his mother is Mokoš, some say he also has a sister (twin).
This sister is Morana, that he later marries. Actually, the same source says that when he comes to our world, he is actually getting ready for his marriage with Morana. As we ca see, he is very oftenly tied to her, and this is the myth that I believe to be true, but not everyone accepts it. (do your reasearch and believe what you like)
Anyway, my main point is that Jarilo is a God that represents the year, birth and rebirth and life itself. Believe what you like, but Jarilo was and still is celebrated by Slavs on the day of Jurijevo/ Đurđevdan/ Zeleni Juraj. Also, he is tied to st. George, horses. Portrayed as a young handsome man, carrying flowers.