Apartment & Domovoi

Apartment & Domovoi

Way back several years ago I posted first about the domovoi and about what he means to Slavic folklore. I’ve even posted a few times about my own nerves in regards to this particular spirit or entity. Because while not traditionally the most frightening of creatures from Slavic folklore and myth, there’s a lot to worry about with domovoi.

See, sure, he’s not Baba Jaga or Koschei. They’re your more traditional “boogeyman” types. Or witch types. Or dark personas. Those are the ones that you expect people to be frightened of. The ones that nasty stories get told about, really. I mean, Koschei’s legend talks about creepy stuff. So, the domovoi is not really your “scary” type, not traditionally speaking, not from a western perspective.

But, for me, the Domovoi is a bit more frightening than any others.

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Smaug and Dragons

Smaug and Dragons

Dragons are fearsome, terrifying creatures. They’re the stuff of legend and of nightmare. Just like how you always hear about knights going off to fight them & save poor, captured maidens from the evil dragon (keep on with the western understanding, here). They’re serpentine or reptilian; lizard-like really. With giant wings and they breathe fire. Sometimes sulfurous, other times just belching hot and melting anyone who gets into their paths. They’re hell-spawn and should terrify any good person who hears about them.

And yet…really, I can’t picture them that way. Continue reading “Smaug and Dragons”

Between Slavs

I’m a bit stuck. See, my family is primarily “western” Slavic (Czech and Polish); but there’s still the unsolved mystery of whether we have some “eastern” Slavic (Russian) roots. We don’t really know if there’s any Russian heritage or not. Probably not, but the family legend does remain. So I’m kind of stuck between two different Slavic mythologies. I mean, there’s in some respects far more research and knowledge on Russian or eastern Slavic mythology and folklore. So it’s far easier to go with that line of research and belief. But, my family is almost totally western Slavic. Which doesn’t always have as much research–let alone finding anything for either side in English. From there, I am admittedly far more drawn to the Czech side of my family history, even though the Polish side is also very important.

But it’s a bit strange. Because there are definitive differences. There are spirits, gods, entities, that only exist (as we know) in Polish mythology and folklore…while others only exist within eastern Slavic peoples. Or representations vary completely between western and eastern Slavic records. So it becomes confusing and a bit hectic. Because which version do I pick? Or do I pick at all? Should I just meld the differing opinions and lore to create what is mine? Really, a lot of questions. Continue reading “Between Slavs”

The Vampire

(The German version is here)

I have always been interested in the vampire. It is, and has been, my favorite mythological figure. Partially because of three things: blood, death, and the human soul.

And of course there is the media portrayal, especially Dracula by Bram Stoker.

I read Dracula when I was 7 years old, and thereafter I read everything I could find about vampires. Most of it was literature, but there was some mythology as well. Most interesting for me was the Slavic mythology, which discussed vampires. I remember reading a story linking the vampire with butterflies.

Another creature tied to vampires is spiders–which for me is terrible. I’m arachnophobic, so I hate spiders. My opinion, spiders should not be connected to vampires. However, they are also tied to wolves or dogs, which I can accept. Or, more popularly, bats.

Most important of the vampires is Vlad the Impaler. Also interesting is Elizabeth Bathory, the Blood Countess. For my interests though, I find Dracula, Vlad, more in order. Because of my history interest, I read a lot about Wallachia and Romania.

(a short article today, as I am extremely sick…I’ll try to write more next time)

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.

D – Domovoi

D – Domovoi

So I’m going to talk a bit about a creature from Slavic mythology and folklore.

The domovoi.

It’s a household spirit. They’re small in size, masculine and often are bearded. I know that in some folklore the stories say that the domovoi can take on the appearance of the owner of the house. Traditionally, every house has a domovoi. And, even though by appearance they might seem a bit frightening (the descriptions in folklore are sometimes a bit frightening), they aren’t usually troublesome to the household unless they are angered. Continue reading “D – Domovoi”

Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes

“Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology” – Cory O’Brien

Amazon page – here.

Zeus Grants Stupid WishesSo actually you all get my book review earlier than anticipated. I ended up reading this whole book (289 pages long) in about 2 hours. It’s a delightfully easy read and it’s hilarious. Now, I’m going to admit, I’m not the expert on mythology from all over the world, so some of the myths I was less familiar with. But the ones I did know prior to this, well, those were definitely enough to have me laughing.

Onto review. Continue reading “Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes”

New Book

I have a new mythology book that I bought.

I will read it and then review it. Because I love book reviews and I want to review my brand new book. It’s going to be fun to write up a review once I finish reading this book.

So look forward to a book review in a few days.

A – Alkonost

A – Alkonost

The alkonost is a creature half-woman and half-bird. It is beautiful and has a voice that makes the listener forget everything they hear. Usually they are portrayed in art with the sirin, another woman-bird hybrid. They live in the underworld. The part that I always find most fascinating is that when the eggs are about to hatch, the alkonost rolls the eggs into the ocean. When they actually hatch, thunderstorms herald the event. The sea is unable to be traveled during this time.

I’m always fascinated with the sea and thunderstorms, they’re of particular interest to me. I enjoy thunderstorms. They make me feel alive. I think it has something to do with the upheaval that they cause. It’s something to it that I’ve always enjoyed. They have the same kind of delight to me that wind storms hold. It’s all a lot of upheaval and change, renewal and something rather new.

But alkonost themselves, they’re unique. I find them rather unbelievable in that they have the connection to the sea and the thunderstorms.

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.