Tuesday, June 11, 2024

The Old Gods

Slagovir continues to keep the Old Gods alive, this time bringing us an idol of Kolyada carved from aged oak.

"The god Kolyada, also known as Kolyadnik, is a figure of Slavic paganism associated with the festivals and rituals of the winter solstice. In Slavic mythology, Kolyada is associated with the return of the sun and the beginning of a new cycle of nature. His cult was widespread among various Slavic tribes. The holiday of Kolyada was usually celebrated in late December or early January, and this time was accompanied by various rites and rituals aimed at ensuring fertility and prosperity in the new year. In some beliefs, Kolyada represented a young god with whom hopes of renewal and rebirth were associated."



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