H – Hors

So now to talk about a Slavic god that there isn’t a whole lot known of.

Hors.

He was one of 7 mentioned in The Primary Chronicle as having statues destroyed by Vladimir the Great in Kiev when he converted to Christianity. I think it’s in the Tale of Igor’s Campaign that they call him “Hors the Great” (but I don’t remember which story that was in…so I may have that detail wrong).

There isn’t any information in the Chronicle about what his function was. And the Tale doesn’t really tell too much…not that I remember. But the consensus is that he is a solar/sun god. So he moved across the sky as the sun-disk during the day…and under the earth during the night time. Pretty standard mythology type stuff for the times, I think.

There isn’t a whole lot of information though. But, since he is the second deity mentioned in the Primary Chronicle, directly after Perun, he must have been very important. That is admittedly my own interpretation of the reading of the Chronicle…there isn’t any way to prove my suspicion to that fact. I may think that, but I’ve no way to prove or disprove it.

Hors is a tricky character for me, since there’s so little known about him. He’s one of the deities without any real information. So he’s a puzzle. Which is really interesting. I suppose that’s why he’s interesting to study. But he’s not one of my favorites, I can admit. I’ve never really been too interested in sun deities, they’re just never quite what I seem to be drawn to. But in this case…there’s a challenge to knowledge, with so little present to know.

(For my Slavic posts…when I can find photos to correspond, I will add them. I like showing photos of these topics, they’re really unique.)βˆ—

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3 thoughts on “H – Hors

  1. I’m intrigued by the similarity of his name to the Latin family root that would eventually become hour as in time measurement. Geographically speaking, this is most likely a case of coincidence. I’m really enjoying this series from you, since it’s all new knowledge for me πŸ™‚

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    1. I’m glad that it’s interesting. πŸ™‚ I like sharing random tidbits that I learn.

      It is most likely a coincidence, considering the distance between the Roman Empire and the Slavic people…but it did give me a start the first time I saw the name too.

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