Minor Frustrations

Such as when one wants to find research on a pantheon. But then learns that pretty much everything easily accessible online is total bullshit. Which is what I find recently.

In research, I’ve begun to learn that pretty much all online websites that pop up in immediate search for “Slavic Mythology” are all bullshit. They mention gods that didn’t exist. Or use 19th Century supposition-created deities as real. And don’t cite much. Even, to my horror, university websites, that are supposed to be scholarly researched, cited and sourced, follow these conventions. It’s frustrating beyond all belief. Even encyclopedias online say that certain deities are real, when it seems that more scholarly research states that the names of said deities come from people doing the equivalent of making stuff up, all dating back to 19th Century romanticism.

It shouldn’t surprise me. They did it for every other culture. It’s just a bit shocking that even “scholarly” sites still uphold it all. I’m buying a reputable book when I have the money later this month, maybe early August, but in the meantime, I wanted to do research. And outside of the internet, books are a bit difficult at the moment. So I thought…at the very least, university sites, with scholarly backing of university research, ought to be at least an acceptable base. But no, not even that. So I’m still at a loss as to research at the moment. I’m looking up academic articles. Even still, I’ve come to the conclusion, based on a preponderance of terribly inaccurate or outright false information, that I’m going to have to be very cautious about even my scholarly research into this for the next few weeks.

So this is just my minor frustration of the moment. As if it weren’t already difficult enough finding information on Slavic mythology, I get to add in the trouble of even “academic” sources being wrong.


4 thoughts on “Minor Frustrations

  1. Well, scholars can be wrong, unfortunately. We don’t have a lot of primary sources to work with, especially in English. The best you can do is keep reading and revise, you know?

    Do you mind if I ask if there’s a particular thing you keep getting stuck on?


    1. It’s nothing specific really. Just the total frustration of a lack of all sources and factual information. More just the annoyance of every source I find then going into information on the “White God” (Byelobog is one spelling I’ve run into for it), which as best I can figure, was made up centuries after the fact. I dunno…it shouldn’t surprise me, not in the States. But it still does. Eventually I’ll learn Russian (after my BA’s), and then it might help a bit.


      1. Some of the revisions and questionable stuff originates in Europe, so it’s still complicated. (The Book of Veles isn’t going to go away just because you look at Russian scholars. XD)

        Part of the problem, IMO, is that so much has been lost. Large chunks of scholarship are built on one or two attestations, while other scholars will simply say “I think that’s Christianized” and throw it out entirely. (There are scholars who throw aside the Norse goddess Hel entirely, for example, while there are plenty of pagans I know who’ve worked with her… What does that mean? Who wins when UPG and research conflict? I have no idea, though that might make for an interesting post… would you mind if I ran with it?)


        1. Oh no, I don’t mind at all. Run away with it. I’d be interested to read.

          The Book of Veles just confuses me. I mean…a book that appeared during wWII (if I remember correctly), disappeared in that same time, with no photographs or documentation. But then…I suppose it’s the same as other disputed things. 🙂


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