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  1. I know next to nothing about Slavic culture and beliefs–now you’ve sucked me in. Love your well made and informative post; it will make an excellent starting pointing for additional learning.

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    1. Thank you so much. Happy to know I could pass on some knowledge, and of course even happier when it is well received. Make sure to come back for my other posts on Slavic monsters. I’ll be posting here about once a month.

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    1. You’re right. They endure. They endure, because we need story. I always feel more connected to the past by learning myths, Glad you enjoyed it.

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  2. Well, I don’t think the Greek myth nessessarily had to be ‘imported’. We Eauropean people all came from the same place (supposedly from Asia), so I think the myth may have been part of our oldest anestors’s beliefs and then be split and appropieted by the different peoples we became over time.

    There are two main theories why so many people in Europe have the same fairy tales, though slightly different:
    1. a fairy tale would be originated among one people and then spread over all Europe
    2. a fairy tale would be part of a common ancient culture and then followed the fate of the people as they evolved into a specific culture in a certain area

    I think this applies to every aspect of culture, really.

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    1. I didn’t mean to imply the myth was imported. The word imported makes it sound a bit forced. I believe it happened in some natural way, possibly 1 or 2 or a combination of your suggestions.

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  3. I love Slavic myth and folklore, it has such amazing imagery associated to it. It might be an import from Greece but you can see they added their own touch, offerings of hair signifying more thread. The mark on the forehead, which I suppose was a symbol for the type of life they would spin for them, is another interesting detail as is their part in the feasts as guests.

    Personally, my favourite bit of Slavic Lore will always be Koschei the Deathless, for the way his soul is kept safe, the description has always been evocative for me.

    Quoting wikipedia: His soul is hidden separate from his body inside a needle, which is in an egg, which is in a duck, which is in a hare, which is in an iron chest (sometimes the chest is crystal and/or gold), which is buried under a green oak tree, which is on the island of Buyan in the ocean.

    It’s an amazing description and solidly builds a story.

    I think this descriptiveness in Slavic Folklore helped author Andrzej Sapkowski adapt them to the medieval fantasy world of his Witcher stories (later adapted into very popular RPG games, the latest of which just released)

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    1. I still have lots to learn about Slavic myths, but they are definitely able to provide enough material to fuel lots of fiction. That’s actually one of the reasons I’m interested in them. I’ll be posting here about once a month, so make sure to come back to check out other lady monsters in Slavic mythology.

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  4. I’ve always liked how the myth of the Fates has that account of visiting a child at birth to make measurements. Interesting to learn about other versions of them, too. Are the Rodzanice in a lot of stories?

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    1. There are few books on myths and it seems that only those interested in Slavic myths know about them. My husband, who spent most of his life in Poland, has never heard of Rodzanice and said that he’d never learned about Slavic myths. There is a bit of a rebirth in wanting to learn about old myths but it’s still a very niche topic.

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      1. Greek and Roman mythologies seem to have, for the most part, usurped other types of myth, and they’re the ones we talk about most. It’s unfortunate, I think—I love the Greco-Roman myths, but I’d also like to know about other cultures.

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  5. Fabulous post! I loved learning more about the Rodzanice. I’ve read about them briefly, but only due to my obsession with the Greek Fates, so it’s interesting that the myth made it’s way into Brother Rudolph’s account 😀

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