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Book: Pagan Religions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 26. What was Ancient Slavic “Paganism”?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.45493


Ancient Slavic paganism has had limited documentation, with two main interpretations: one seeing it as patriarchal with a male deity, while the other suggesting a society centred around Mother Earth and the spirits of nature. Some deities' names show external influences. Christianity transformed pre-Christian deities into demons. Nowadays, there's an understanding of ancient beliefs, particularly of the trickster archetype.

Chapter Contributors

  • Giuseppe Maiello ([email protected] - gmaiello) 'University of Finance and Administration'