What are the logistics that go into devotional practice and work? (Continuing from Part I here) Obviously that’s going to change depending on which person you’re asking. For me, it’s a matter of delving in and really thinking about my own practice.
These are Jack of Wand’s questions to me:
- How often do I pray?
- What do my prayers look like?
- How often do I make offerings?
- Do I work with some gods more than others?
- Do I have a shrine? What does it look like?
So, let’s dive in! Continue reading “Logistics of Devotion (Part II)”
I’m going to be doing more Slavic deity/spirit/entity posts.
I’ll try and do pictures where I can find them. But when I can’t, I’ll put as much details as I’ve found, up till now in my research. I’m going to start specifying where in the spectrum of Slavic peoples the deities were worshiped.
Mokosh is noted in The Primary Chronicle – a Russian document. (See: G – Goddess in the Historical Record)
Hors is noted in that same document. Also in the Tale of Igor’s Campaign – another Russian document. (See: H – Hors)
Other spirits/entities/deities are more wide-spread in their historic presence.
The domovoi was known from the Eastern Slavs to Western and Southern Slavs. (See: D – Domovoi)
Continue reading “Slavic Deity Posts”
So now to talk about a Slavic god that there isn’t a whole lot known of.
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.)∗