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.
The female as the Goddess in Slavic culture
First of all, I want to thank all of you that actually answered me and told me you liked what I wrote. So, I won’t stop. You can also make “wishes” and tell me what you’d like me to write about. I really don’t mind any theme, so give your best shot.
Also, the reason of me writing this very very interesting theme is a quote I read a few days ago. It was very inspirational, and I couldn’t ignore it: Every woman is a totem of her culture. The female, was troughout history the one ornamented and worshipped.
What is so interesting about the woman? To answer this, we need to go inside the early European’s head (and probably further). A woman, just like the earth, is fertile and beautiful, she gives and takes and that is her nature. She is mistical and highly respected. Viewed as a life-giver and the left hand of earth.
Now, let’s talk about this Slavic goddess-style. Many (and i mean many) Slavic goddeses have and still are questionable in the pantheon. This is not because the Slavs didn’t have goddeses, this is because of the male-base of “mythology” and christianity. You might ask what does christianity have with mythology and the old religions anyway. Christianity wrote all of this down (sadly, Slavic sources were either destroyed or never existed) and due to the christian male-base, it only focused on male Gods. By this I mean, Christianity finds the woman so unpure, it doesn’t even want it inside of a foreign religion.
Still, we do have quite a few sources talking about Goddesses. Which Goddeses are these? Moist Mother Earth, Mokoš, Lada, Vesna, Devana, Morana and Živa and many many others not listed anywhere.
These beauties are exactly what a woman is like: Moist Mother Earth is fertile and life giving, Mokoš is the caring mother, Lada and Vesna are spring and summer and Devana is the forest maiden that hides in every one of us. When we become old, there is Morana, sometimes badly described as “old hag”.These Goddesses show the circle of a womans life, just like everything else in Slavic mythology. They are so very important in our understanding of our ancestors and I have no idea who would ever want to exclude them from the pantheon. If you need explanations, please message me, don’t go around telling “No source, no source”- Open the links I put in earlier in the text and you’ll see there are sources in them.
However, the bottom line is that every beautiful female is a Goddes in her culture. She might be a maiden, she might be a mother or even a ganmom, she will always have a Goddess to represent her.
-raises hand- I have a question!
Are there any known goddesses in the Slavic pantheon that represent women who are not able to have children, don’t want to have children, or are outside of that maiden-mother-old woman grouping?
There are a number of people who like the idea of various religions, but have problems accepting that this particular cycle is the only thing represented in the pantheons. It would be nice to have more information on that, if you can find the time to write something out.
This is exactly why I listed Devana. She is the maiden of the forest, she lives with the moon and is beautiful. She doesn’t have kids, she’s alone and loves herself like this.
I find her particulary interesting because I don’t really plan to have kids either and she is highly tied to Veles and the forest. (my affirmations)
Also, there is Morana, she is betrayed by Jarilo (her soon to be husband) and she kills him, never having anyone else: this means no kids and even though she could have someone else, she doesn’t. She becomes old alone.
So, there is the broken hearted girl and the girl that doesn’t need a man. :D
(bolding is mine)
These are perfect examples. Thank you so very much for pointing to them directly!
Nothing to thank me for. Feel free to ask whatever you dont understand again. ;)
Hahaha, oh my…
Everyone who pushes their religion onto someone to the lions! (both with force or without)
It is sad.
Also, Bogumilism has a lot of Slavic influences (origin, way of praying, period, terirory, people etc) and has been a official religion of Bosnia untill the 15 ct. AGAIN there is like no written history about it. It seems to me that the “newcomg” (Christianity and Islam) reigions did their best to wipe out whatever was still preserved of the ancients.