Basics: Difference of beliefs in Slavic lands and how we need to cherish them

And again, I’m here to rant about stuff some of you might not even be interested about. This time, it won’t be about Perun or any other God, it will be about- Beliefs and their differences between Slavs.

Why excactly this and why NOW? I read yesterday about a creation myth, not knowing where it is from. I read a few comments, mostly the one by rudeness—overload making me write this. It’s a time of constant relation (good and bad) between our lands and I find it very very important to, keep to our roots. Yes, we are Slavs, but there are quite a few differences between us. 
Of course, this is a pagan religion, I doubt it can get more “rooty” than this. But however, every part of the Savic lands is different. I find the “parting” of our lands quite homogenus. West, east, south, north Slavs. You didn’t say anything. 

I mean, there is just SO MUCH difference between every part of every part. For instance, let’s take the south Slavs (I know most about them anyways, so I take them). In the South Slavic lands, let’s only take Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia. Three lands now. All three of them can be divided at least into two parts. 2x3=6 This means we have at least 6 parts of the Slavic lands on only a small portion of land. Going into depth of our theme: every of these 6 parts has different beliefs. 
Now, the beliefs and culture are quite similar when it comes to the basics, but with learning more about it, it gets more complicated and probably differs a lot from the beliefs of the other side. 

To stop with the annoying theory, let’s get into practice: Croatia can be divided into Dalmatia and Slavonija (at least, using only these two as a example). Not just are the parts different from eachother in geological ways, but also in the way of thinking and everyday life. Dalmatia has a lot of karst, sea and stuff realted to it. Slavonija is kontinental and flat. 
To the untrained eye, this might be quite irrelevant. But wait, the sea brings a lot of storms anf the flatlands bring a lot of crops- First and most important difference of these two parts. 
Secondly, we have the people, which are dependent on the factors mentioned above, but let’s not talk abut that more. Let’s focus on their mental states and beliefs. Of course, due to the nature in a certain region, people’s beliefs will be focused on certain deities and creatures. 
People from Dalmatia will pray to the sea, it’s Gods and creatures. Also, haiving in mind FI Stribog, god of wind, so he doesn’t bring up storms. People from Savonia will pray to the fertility Gods, probably honouring Jarilo and being afraid of Poludnica and other similar creatures/spirits. 

We can now see that a small portion of the south Savic lands divided into two very different belief sistems. This is only one small part, Imagine all the regions of Russia or Poland.
As I said, the basic stuff is the same, but which God/s are most praised, depends on the people, their way of life and mostly the terrain. 

Now, what I wanted to say with all of this is that:

  • There is quite some differences in the bliefs,
  • The dividing of Slavs is linguisticaly acceptable, but not historically or culturally (the groups are just too big and general),
  • A myth can be official for one small part of a country, but it can also be contradictive for the next one,
  • Slavs have a huge set of myths, so every damn one can be true, it only depends on the region
  • Cherish the beliefs of your region, because they are only yours and only you can truly protect them (you don’t need to believe in them, believe in whatever you like)
  • When you post a myth or God/creature/belief, please list the region where it comes from. 

The Slavic lands are of the same origin, but the beliefs and mythos of every part have been changed and edited, due to a number of factors. No part of the Slavic lands is the same, so we need to keep track of what we still have. 

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Psoglav (literally Doghead)

Psoglav is a demonic creature is Serbian mythology. It has human body and head of a dog, with only one, big eye. Psoglavi feed on human flesh, often digging up corpses and feasting on them. It is believed that Psoglavi had their own country, that was full of gold and gemstones, but they could never shine in the Sun, because this land, called Mračaj (mrak - dark), never sees any light, and is place of darkness and misery.    

For when the Sons of Mil, the ancestors of the Irish people, came to Ireland they found the Tuatha De Danann in full possession of the country. The Tuatha De Danann then retired before the invaders, without, however, giving up their sacred Island. Assuming invisibility, with the power of at any time reappearing in a human-like form before the children of the Sons of Mil, the People of the Goddess Dana became and are the Fairy-Folk, the Sidhe of Irish mythology and romance.
—  W.Y. Evans-Wentz (1911 )
An Lesser-Known Greek Myth: Hermaphroditus

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One day the Hermes-god of thieves, travellers, athletes, and a messenger to the gods- and Aphrodite-goddess of beauty, love, and was also born from sea water mixed with genital blood- got bored and made a baby; that baby boy’s name was Hermaphroditus. Well, being gods and not really giving a hoot about anything, they sent the new born Hermaphroditus to be raised by water spirits (called naiads) on Mount Ida. When he turned 15, Hermaphroditus grew bored with his surroundings, as teenagers tend to do, and he began to travel. One day he was looking for a place to bathe in the woods just outside the town of Caria, located in what is now Turkey. Eventually Hermaphroditus located a small pond to bathe in and as he undressed, he was watched by Salmacis, a naiad. Overcome by lust, the water spirit attacked the young man in hopes of raping him. After a lengthy struggle, Hermaphroditus eventually beat the lustful lady spirit off of him. Thinking he was finally safe, Hermaphroditus got into the water to take a bath. Then Salmacis, being a water spirit, sprung out of the pond, wrapped herself around the boy, and pleaded with the gods that she and Hermaphroditus be together forever. The gods, again not giving a hoot, took her request literally and granted her wish. Hermaphroditus and Salmacis were then fused. Keeping the name Hermaphroditus, he/she now bore both male and female genitalia and became the god/goddess of sexuality, fertility, effeminacy, and bisexuality.

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