Unusual Pantheon

Sometimes I remember that I’ve got an unusual pantheon that I follow. And it tells me that I don’t have that many people to discuss my religious practice with. After all…there are hundreds of pagans/polytheists that follow Greek, Celtic or Norse deities. Just to name 3 major pantheons off the top of my head. Then there’s the generic “Lord” and “Lady” that people will name off. There are soft polytheists that say all are manifestations of a single god and goddess.

None of those really speak to me.

Finding myself drawn to Slavic mythology, I do find that it has benefits. After all, I don’t have to see the fluffy artwork and nonsense that a lot of others have to see. And there aren’t rampant cartoons being bandied about the internet of my deities.

On the other hand–there is comparatively no one to talk to about what I believe. And the issue in finding resources is an ongoing one. I’ve found that speaking German helps me find some more resources than I could find, if I just spoke English. But, speaking at least one Slavic-language would benefit me (that’s on my list of things to learn). Still, with so few people that believe in my pantheon…there are very few people that I can chat with about how things work. What connections there are, etc.

It does foster independence for myself, which cannot necessarily be a bad thing. At times though, I do miss being able to just pop into a group online and being able to go, “Yo, all other ____-believers, what do you think about X?” and getting answers. Others are able to do that. They can bounce myth, UPG and folklore off of each other. That is something that is harder to do in a small community that isn’t as well developed.

There are a lot of things that are strange for me to remember at times. But this one is a dual-edged sword. It’s good and also somewhat sad. I enjoy the independence. But I also sometimes wish I had more people to discuss what I’m doing…just to see how others are handing their beliefs.


4 thoughts on “Unusual Pantheon

  1. How utterly frustrating that must be for you at times. This isn’t the exact same thing, but as a pagan hiding my spirituality in my overtly christian surroundings, I empathize with your loneliness. The people I am closest to, aside from my husband, either don’t follow a pagan path or I cannot speak to about mine because they’re christians.

    That having been said, you do have freedom in your independence. While bouncing ideas off others regarding deities can be a benefit, I find it can also be a hindrance. I don’t need to accept others’ claims, nor have others accept mine. The desire to connect with others, get along and be “correct” can really muddy the waters, though, and being largely on one’s own affords a substantial degree of trust in oneself.



    1. This is really not so accurate. There are pantheons from cultures with a great diversity of goddesses, equal to the number of gods. It was no obvious destruction to get rid of goddesses. In Slavic mythology, the overarching problem is a lack of primary sources in general. There are tidbits and clues to what was going on…but very little real documentation that does not come from Christian monks (the major educated class at the time).


  2. I’m spending the afternoon going through your old posts; can’t imagine a better way to spend my time. I definitely feel your frustration. I’m (abashedly) Wiccan, so I do work with iterations of the generipagan Lady and Lord, but I’m also deeply drawn to the Slavic pantheon. Part of it is a desire to connect to my roots (my mother’s family is Yugoslav); part of it is also that these gods have taken an interest in me that the gods of other pantheons (e.g. Hellenic, Celtic, Kemetic and Norse) haven’t.

    But it’s frustrating! For one thing, there’s no good information available in English. Nor, sadly, in French or Arabic, which I could get away with. And then when I consider forgeries like the Book of Veles and the fact that most of the accurate-ish information I can access is filtered through Christian scribes, I just want to bang my head repeatedly against the nearest wall.

    Even the information I can find is so greatly subject to interpretation. I think I’ve seen pseudo-scholarly theories arguing that every god in the Slavic pantheon is actually an aspect of some other god. Polycephalous figures like Svetovid and Triglav may or may not be repackaged combinations of other gods (e.g. I’ve seen claims that Triglav is just a three-in-one of Svarog/Perun/Veles). Some deities were only worshipped regionally, or were regional manifestations of more broadly worshipped gods. Some deities seem to overlap (e.g. Khors and Dažbog, who some people claim are just one god named Khors-Dažbog). And names change wildly with geography, making it difficult to keep track of who is who. (For example, Jarilo/Jarovit/Gerovit/Rudjevit.)

    And that’s just historical research on mythology, to say nothing of gnosis or worship.

    In short, I feel your pain. A large part of why I love your blog so much is that you’re one of the only people writing about this subject matter, and you do it well.

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